In Memory

Sister Mary Gerald O’Malley, IHM

January 28, 1857 – October 10, 1898

Sister Mary Gerald O’Malley, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Thursday, October 10, 1889 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on January 28, 1857 in Ireland, and given the name Mary. She was the daughter of the late Augustine or Austin and Catherine Manly or Mandley O’Malley. She entered the IHM Congregation on June 8, 1875, received the religious habit on April 25, 1876, and made profession of vows on August 27, 1878.

Interment is at Cathedral Interment will be at Cathedral Cemetery 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.

(we have conflicting information on the father’s first name and the mother’s maiden name)

The Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary benefited from the efforts to bring young women from Ireland to Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Over the years a total of sixty-five young women became professed IHM religious. Their services were received as far west at Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at the IHM Academy and at St. Edward School, Twin Falls, Idaho. The southern missions witnessed their dedication in Washington, Raleigh, and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. It was remarked that black children in some southern schools were speaking with an Irish brogue! The Sisters from Ireland also served in many locations in Pennsylvania, such as Dushore, Lock Haven, Exeter, Altoona, Pittsburgh, St. Michael’s School in Hoban Heights, Cresson, Pittston, Scranton, and Williamsport. New York and Rhode Island missions also received their services.

Excerpted from The Story of the Native Irish Sisters Who Entered the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Scranton Pennsylvania by Sister M. Michel Keenan, IHM, 2006, p.18

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