In Memory

Sister M. Laserian Flannelly, IHM

December 14, 1895 – October 7, 1940

Sister M. Laserian Flannelly, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Monday, October 7, 1940 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

She was born on December 14, 1895 in Attymass, County Mayo, Ireland, and given the name Mary. She was the daughter of Daniel and Margaret Gilmartin Flannelly. She entered the IHM Congregation on May 26, 1917, received the religious habit on August 2, 1917, and made profession of her vows on August 2, 1919.

For the last several years, Sister Laserian served as a domestic at the IHM Academy in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Interment is at St. Thomas Cemetery in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

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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