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In Memory

Sister M. Leo Malone, IHM

November 3, 1867 – July 23, 1915

Sister M. Leo Malone, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, July 23, 1915.

She was born on November 3, 1867 in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, and given the name Ann. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Marcella Moran Malone. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 28, 1855, received the religious habit on June 1, 1886, and made profession of her vows on July 12, 1888.

Sister Leo enjoyed her years of teaching children in our IHM mission schools, including at St. Rose School in Carbondale, PA. She also served as examiner of schools for the Diocese of Scranton, PA.

She is survived by two brothers, John and Reverend James, two sisters, Ella and Margaret Malone Brennan, nieces and nephews, including Harry Brennan.

Interment is at the Marywood College Cemetery, on the grounds of Marywood College in Scranton, 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.


“It was a great shock to the community when on the morning of July 24th, word was sent that Sister M. Leo was no more. Her call found her fully prepared to answer a hasty summons. Fenelon, the dove of Cambrai, has said, ”Just in the right time the hand will be laid on our shoulders, the word whispered in our ear. We must leave the sewing undone, the floor unswept, the plough in the furrow, the story untold, the song unsung” — and so it seemed with this dear Sister, from whom the community had reason to hope for many more years of faithful service. As a teacher she had been most successful; as an examiner of schools, kind and sympathetic. She did not hesitate to point out the defects that she found here and there in the work, but her kindly criticisms always strengthened and had the effect of exciting to greater efforts. Following the advice of the Apostle, she spent and has spent in her efforts to discharge faithfully her important duties. She had the consolation at the hour of death of knowing that she had left nothing undone to promote the cause of Catholic education.”

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. 454

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