In Memory

Sister M. Julia Herron, IHM

November 14, 1872 – January 13, 1955

Sister M. Julia Herron, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Thursday, January 13, 1955.

She was born on November 14, 1872 in Eckley, Pennsylvania, and given the name Anne (Annie). She was the daughter of the late John and Ann Burke Herron. She entered the IHM Congregation on November 1, 1891, received the religious habit on May 24, 1892, and made profession of her vows on May 24, 1894.

Sister Julia tirelessly served as a care worker during the Spanish Flu of 1918. She also enjoyed her years of teaching at our IHM mission schools.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, John, James, and Reverend Daniel, and three sisters, Maggie, Marie, and Bridget.

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 year 1918 will long be remembered for the terrible scourge that followed in the wake of the World the mysterious and dreaded Spanish influenza. There was no hospital in the place, but the Sisters went from house to house administering to the sick and caring for poor families. Despite the fact that these Sisters were doing all in their power to prevent the spread of the contagion, conditions became so alarming that reinforcements were requested. Mother at once telephoned to the different convents nearby to ask for volunteers to alleviate the sufferings of the poor in this public distress. From all directions came hearty responses of willingness to take up the work of charity. Like requests were sent to all the houses of the Immaculate Heart, and in every place where these houses were located, the sick and suffering poor had reason to bless the kindly ministration of the Sisters.

Sisters M. Hilary and M. Julia, of South Scranton, and Sisters M. Felix and M. Alonzo, of North Scranton, hastened to the help of the Sisters in Throop, whose heroic work there was earning commendation on all sides.”

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, p. 441- 443

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