In Memory

Sister M. Matilda Delhanty, IHM

April 8, 1849 – April 20, 1920

Sister M. Matilda Delhanty, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, April 20, 1920 at St. Cecilia’s Convent in Pennsylvania.

She was born on April 8, 1849 in Kirkwood, Susquehanna County, PA (now in Broome County, NY), and given the name Catharine Theresa. She was the daughter of the late Charles and Johanna Sullivan Delhanty. She entered the IHM Congregation on May 1, 1875, received the religious habit on April 25, 1876, and made profession of her vows on May 8, 1878.

Sister Matilda enjoyed her years of teaching children in our IHM mission schools, including at St. Cecilia School in Exeter, Pennsylvania.

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.

“The first silver crowning held at Mount Saint Mary’s commemorated the anniversary of Sister M. Matilda, who in the whole course of her life was never known to have infringed the law of charity. On the eighth of May, 1903, Sister Matilda commemorated the twenty-fifth year of her profession. Reverend Father Loftus celebrated the jubilee Mass in the chapel at seven o’clock. Two maids of honor, little seminary girls, preceded Mother Superior and Sister Matilda to the altar where Sister received her crown. On the following Sunday all the jubilarians of the community were entertained at the mother house, the programme (sic) of entertainment being prepared by the students of the academy.”

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. 293

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