In Memory

Sister M. Florentine Sweeney, IHM

March 12, 1896 – January 10, 1960

Sister M. Florentine Sweeney, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, January 10, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

Daughter of the late Michael G. and Catherine Polt Sweeney, she was born on March 12, 1896 in Scranton, Pennsylvania; and given the name Theresa. She entered the IHM Congregation on March 25, 1919, received the religious habit on August 2, 1919, and made profession of her vows on August 2, 1921.

Sister Florentine served as a teacher at the following elementary schools: St. Mary in Cresson; Sacred Hearts in New York, NY; All Saints in Masontown; St. Joseph in Renovo; St. John the Evangelist in Pittston; St. Cecilia in Exeter; and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Asbury Park, NJ.

She served as a domestic (cook) at the following convents: St. Mary’s Home in Cresson, from 1921 to 1925; St. Michael in Whites Ferry, from 1925 to 1927; and St. Rosalia in Pittsburgh, from 1927 to 1931.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Edgar and Michael.

She is survived by two brothers, Cyril of Scranton; and Charles of Long Island, NY; a sister, Mrs. Catherine Deck of Cheverly, MD; nieces and nephew, including Reverend Joseph Sweeney, SJ, of Austria.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Marian Convent Chapel in Scranton. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania. Friends may call on Monday afternoon or evening at the Marian Convent.

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.

Below is an archival reflection about our Sister M. Florentine Sweeney:

Deep sincere gratitude prompted many of our Sisters to express their debt to our dear Sister M. Florentine for her countless deeds of kindness to them. She had always regarded herself as strong and healthy; she tried hard to spend herself in service to others. Many a Sister’s burdens she lightened, always taking on herself the hardest and heaviest tasks. Even in her illness, she labored with her hands as she sewed and knitted for the Marian Convent Gift Shop and for the Autumn Fair. Those who needed her help found in her a generous and gracious support. Cheerfulness and patience were always evident in her hard day of sickness. She uttered no complaints. She fully accepted God’s holy will, and constantly expressed her gratitude for the kind service extended to her. We are all drawn closer to God by the sterling example of her humility and resignation. May God grant her eternal rest.

“Sister Mary Florentine, dies

Sister M. Florentine, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died Sunday at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Carbondale, after a long illness.

A daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Polt Sweeney, this city, she entered the novitiate at Marywood in March, 1919, and was admitted to profession in August, 1921. She served her community as a teacher at Sacred Hearts School, New York City; St. Joseph’s, Renova (sic); St. John’s, Pittston; St. Cecilia’s, Exeter; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Asbury Park, N.J.

Surviving are two brothers, Cyril Sweeney, this city, and Charles, Huntington, Long Island, N.Y.; a sister, Mrs. John C. Deck, Jr., Cheverly, Md., and several nieces and nephews, among them the Rev. Joseph Sweeney, SJ, Innsbruck, Austria.

The body was taken to the Marian Convent. The funeral will be held Tuesday with mass at 9:30 a.m. at the chapel of the convent. Interment, St. Catherine’s Cemetery, Moscow. Arrangements, Cusick’s Funeral Service.”

from The Scranton Tribune newspaper, published Monday, January 11, 1960, pg. 3

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