In Memory

Sister M. Vincentia McLaughlin, IHM

June 21, 1895 – April 6, 1965

Sister M. Vincentia McLaughlin, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, April 6, 1965 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on June 21, 1895 in Olyphant, Pennsylvania, and given the name Margaret N. She was the daughter of the late James C. and Sarah A. Hannick McLaughlin. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 7, 1919, received the religious habit on December 27, 1919, and made profession her her vows on December 29, 1921.

Sister Vincentia served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Cecilia School in Exeter, PA, from 1920 to 1934; St. Peter of Alcantara School in Port Washington, NY, from 1934 to 1940; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Elementary School in Asbury Park, NJ, from 1940 to 1945; Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary School in Inwood, NY, from 1945 to 1949; St. Mary Elementary School in Hollidaysburg, PA, from 1949 to 1954; St. Leo Elementary School in Ashley, PA, from 1954 to 1956; St. Raymond School in Lynbrook, NY, from 1956 to 1957; and St. Mary Elementary School in Avoca, PA, from 1959 to 1965.

Sister served as superior at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Convent in Asbury Park, NJ, and Our Lady of Good Counsel Convent in Inwood, NY.

From 1965 until the time of her death, Sister Vincentia served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

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:

“She loved her convent life, and she made us love it too.” These words spoken by her bereaved sister, truly express the spirit of Sister M. Vincentia McLaughlin. Her unexpected death brought deep sorrow to hundreds of Sisters and friends, who truly mourn her. Hers was a lively spirit, interested in all community concerns, and always ready to spend herself in the work of her convent home. Her ready laugh, her cheerful smile, and her humorous acceptance of the “little things” of daily occurrence, all these traits made her an ever-enjoyable companion. Moreover, she was always a happy teacher, bringing joy and sunshine into the lives of thousands of children. At the Marian Convent, she generously shared the common work. It was her home, and she did all that her strength permitted her to do, in order to keep it a happy and holy home. Always prayerful and always joyful, she won the hearts of all. May God grant our dear Sister M. Vincentia eternal rest and happiness.

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