In Memory

Sister M. Finbarr Daly, IHM

August 8, 1904 – April 7, 1968

Sister M. Finbarr Daly, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, April 7, 1968.

She was born in Cork, Ireland, on August 8, 1904, and was given the name Nora. She was the daughter of the late Garrett and Ann Burke Daly. She entered the IHM Congregation with her sister, Annie (Sister Maria Charles) on May 12, 1926, received the religious habit on August 15, 1926, and made profession of her vows on August 15, 1928.

She is preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Cowper.

She is survived by a sister, Sister Maria Charles, IHM, and three nephews, William, Harry and Eugene Cowper, all of Ohio.

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.

The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary benefited from the efforts to bring young women from Ireland to Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Over the years a total of sixty-five young women became professed IHM religious. Their services were received as far west at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at the IHM Academy and at St. Edward School, Twin Falls, Idaho. The southern missions witnessed their dedication in Washington, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It was remarked that black children in some southern schools were speaking with an Irish brogue! The Sisters from Ireland also served in many locations in Pennsylvania, such as Dushore, Lock Haven, Exeter, Altoona, Pittsburgh, St. Michael’s School in Hoban Heights, Cresson, Pittston, Scranton, and Williamsport. New York and Rhode Island missions also received their services.

Excerpted from The Story of the Native Irish Sisters Who Entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Scranton Pennsylvania by Sister M. Michel Keenan, IHM, 2006, p.18

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