In Memory

Sister Mary Sweeney, IHM

June 29, 1877 – May 7, 1966

Sister Mary Sweeney, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on May 7, 1966 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Daughter of the late John and Sara Fallan Sweeney, she was born on June 28, 1877 in Archbald, Pennsylvania; and given the name Cecilia. She entered the IHM Congregation on February 2, 1896, received the religious habit on July 2, 1896, and made profession of her vows on July 22, 1898.

Sister Mary served as music teacher at the following schools: Holy Rosary in Scranton, from 1898 to 1914; St. John in Scranton, from 1917 to 1918; St. Cecilia in Wyoming, from 1918 to 1920; Holy Rosary in Scranton, from 1920 to 1921; and St. Cecilia in Scranton, from 1921 to 1957.

Sister served a principal at St. Rose in Carbondale, from 1914 to 1917.

From 1958 until the time of her death, she served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

Interment will follow the Mass of Christian Burial 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.

Below is an archival reflection about our Sister Mary Sweeney:

Sister Mary was perhaps one of our best known Sisters, although thirty-six years of her life were spent at St. Cecilia School in Scranton. Music was her field, and the excellence of her teaching was evidenced in the large number of students who came to her each year. She enjoyed teaching music to a large number of students in our mission schools of Holy Rosary in Scranton; St. Rose in Carbondale; St. John in Scranton; and St. Cecilia in Wyoming. For thirty-six years, she taught at St. Cecilia School, now known as Cathedral School, in Scranton. For the past eight years she was a dear patient in the Marian Convent. Here her innate courtesy manifested itself. She was always pleasant and gracious to everyone. Her deep love for the Community and her devotion to her religious life continued to support her in her declining years. Her prayerfulness was a source of edification to all. She quietly awaited God’s summons, which came May 7. May God grant her eternal rest.

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