In Memory

Sister M. Constantia Madden, IHM

November 14, 1893 – June 6, 1932

Sister M. Constantia Madden, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, June 6, 1932.

She was born on November 14, 1893 in Pittsburgh, PA, and given the name Winifred. She was the daughter of the late Patrick J. and Winifred Walsh Madden. She entered the IHM Congregation on March 25, 1915, received the religious habit on July 6, 1915, and made profession of her vows on August 2, 1917.

Sister Constantia enjoyed teaching and caring for children in our IHM missions, including at St. Mary’s Home in Cresson, PA.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

“On the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, September 14, 1917, Bishop Garvey of the Altoona Diocese had the pleasure of seeing a long cherished hope realized when the new Saint Mary’s Home for Girls at Cresson, complete in every detail, was turned over to the care of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. The building of this beautiful home had caused the good Bishop much anxiety. When part way up, the insecurity of the foundations threatened a total collapse, and for a time it looked as if the project of building there would have to be abandoned. His anxiety was shared by the priests and people of the diocese, and it was therefore a great cause for rejoicing when the Bishop was able to announce the successful completion of the work.

The Sisters sent from the mother house at Mount Saint Mary’s to take charge of this new home were Sister M. Sebastian, Superior, Sister M. Alexius, Sister M. Walter, Sister M. Stephanie, Sister M. Edith, and Sister M. Constantia.

The home was in readiness to receive the children on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, September 24th, and on that day forty-eight girls were transferred from Saint John’s Orphanage to the new Home of Saint Mary’s.”

Excerpted from The Sisters of the I.H.M.: The Story of The Founding of The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Their Work In The Scranton Diocese by Sister M. Immaculata Gillespie, IHM, P.J. Kenedy & Sons, NY, 1921, pgs. 431, 432

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