New York Socialite Becomes Nun, 1914

New York Socialite Becomes Nun, 1914 October 16, 2014

elizabeth_drexel1[1]MISS DAHLGREN TO BE A NUN. Society Girl to Join Sisterhood that Aids Negroes and Indians. Special to the New York Times. The New York Times, December 24, 1914

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 23—Miss Lucy Dahlgren, 21 years old, a social favorite of this city and New York, is to join the Blessed Sacrament Sisterhood, an order whose members devote themselves to work among Negroes and Indians.

Miss Dahlgren, who is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Dahlgren, recently divorced, is now studying in the convent of St. Leo’s Church in East Twenty-ninth Street, New York. She will enter the convent at Cornwells, Penn., founded by her cousin, Mother Katharine Drexel, on Jan. 28.

According to her friends, Miss Dahlgren formerly planned to become a Carmelite nun. She studied with this object in view but was not thought strong enough for the rigorous life of the society. Members of the family will not discuss her decision to become a nun.

Miss Dahlgren is the oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Dahlgren. Her mother, Mrs. Lucy Drexel Dahlgren, is the second daughter of the late Joseph Drexel of Philadelphia, and her father, Eric Bernard Dahlgren, is a son of Rear Admiral Dahlgren, who was distinguished in the Civil War. She was married to Mr. Dahlgren on Dec. 30, 1890, by the late Archbishop Corrigan, and began a divorce suit in this city in March, 1912.

Mrs. Dahlgren is a sister of Mrs. Harry Lehr, whose first husband, John V. Dahlgren, was a brother of Eric.

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