In Memory

Sister M. Lucy Philbin, IHM

December 26, 1852 – November 22, 1931

Sister M. Lucy Philbin, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, November 22, 1931.

Sshe was born on December 26, 1852 in Hawley, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary Ann. She was the daughter of the late Patrick and Ann Gallagher Philbin. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1871, received the religious habit on February 2, 1872, and made profession of her vows in August 14, 1874.

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 Novitiate was opened on the feast of our Lady’s Nativity, September 8, 1871. The Sisters felt that our Lady smiled auspiciously on the undertaking, when on the feast itself six applicants entered the novitiate and began their term of postulancy. The names of these six postulants, the first to be recorded in the new foundation, were Elizabeth Jackson, Toronto, Canada; Mary Ann Philbin, Pittston; Ella Hickey, Pittston; Jane McGovern, Pleasant Mount; Rose Dougherty, Philadelphia; and Jennie Kearney, Pittston”

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, p.142

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