Funeral Sermon for Civil War Nurse, 1897


Born Mary Agnes Grace in 1812, Sister Mary Gonzaga, S.C., was in charge of the Satterlee Hospital in Philadelphia during the Civil War, when she helped tend many casualties from the Battle of Gettysburg.  The sermon at her 1897 funeral Mass was delivered by Father John Scully, S. J., Rector of St. Joseph’s Church, Philadelphia:   [Read More...]

Famous 19th Century Singer Becomes Nun in West Virginia


A GREAT SINGER DEAD. SISTER AGNES GUBERT, THE FAMOUS NUN, DIES IN BALTIMORE. (The New York Times, August 9, 1882). PITTSBURG, Penn., Aug. 8– Sister Agnes Gubert, probably the most noted teacher of vocal music connected with the Roman Catholic sisterhood in this country, and the possessor of a phenomenal voice, which would have made [Read More...]

Mother Theresa Willingman, O.S.P. (1831-1907)


The sixth Superioress of the Order was Reverend Mother Theresa Willingman, a native of Madison, N.J., who spent nearly her whole life with the Oblate Sisters, having been placed with them at the early age of five years. When she was sixteen years old she entered the novitiate. She taught school and was for many [Read More...]