In Memory

Sister M. St. Hugh Lennon, IHM

April 19, 1912 – June 20, 1962

Sister M. St. Hugh Lennon, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, June 20, 1962 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Carbondale, Pennsylvania.

She was born on April 19, 1912 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary Catherine. She was the daughter of the late Frank T. and Bridget Finnan Lennon. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1930, received the religious habit on April 14, 1931, and made profession of her vows on April 24, 1933.

Sister St. Hugh served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Monica Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, from 1933 to 1935; and St. Joseph Elementary School in New Bern, NC, from 1935 to 1951.

Sister served as principal and teacher at the following schools: Mother of Mercy Elementary School in Washington, NC, from 1951 to 1955; and St. Patrick Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1955 to 1961.

From 1961 until the time of her death, Sister St. Hugh served as superior at the IHM Motherhouse on the campus of Marywood College in Scranton, PA.

She is survived by a brother, Lawrence.

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.

Archival Remembrance:

A little more than a year ago, our beloved Sister M. St. Hugh came to Marywood as local Superior of the Sisters at the motherhouse. She came as a ray of sunshine dispersing the radiance of her gentle character to all around her. Her ever-ready smile, her radiant kindness, and her deep spirituality made a lasting impression on all. Twenty-five years of untiring, zealous labor had been spent among our missions for African American children in North Carolina. Hers was a true apostolate of beneficent charity. She had generously given her all to God’s work and had labored heroically for the spread of the Church. But God had already counted her days of service; the shadow of death marked her steps, and grew larger day by day. Her heroic example in suffering, her selflessness, her gentle acceptance of God’s holy will, all these are the heritage she left to her bereaved Sisters. Always, she will be remembered for her gentle way in which she led her Sisters closer to God. May her soul rest in peace.

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