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h as b een adapted, added to, subtracted rom, in a repeated pendulum s w i n g

b etween spirit and legalism. The rules and constitutions in use today are an adaptati o n and distillation of the best. Mother Seton’s Vincentian spirit and

rule came to Canada with four Sisters ofCharity in 1849. The story of the Canadian foundation begins when four American ladies,

black-robed, black-capped, landed in Halifax rom the Cunard liner “ Cambria” on May 11, 1849. They came ro m N ew Y o rk City, these irst Sisters of

Charity, in long-awaited res p onse to a standing request by Bishop William

Walsh of Halifax to his riend Archbishop John Hughes of New Y o rk for Sisters to work in his diocese in the care oforphans and in education. Halifax

had a p o p u lation of 20,000 when the four “ American ladies” arrived. The Bishop gave them a house on Barrington Street, near the cathedral, where

they took in a little orp h an g i rl on the very irst day. They immediately opened a school and by the end ofthe school year (July) their classes held 400

children. By that time t h e Si s t ers were also caring for twenty little girls in

their own house. Thus began Saint Mary’s, affectionately called by the Sisters of later years, “ the cradle of the community.” Out of that building were to

come the beginnings of St. Patrick’s School, the Halifax In irmary, Saint Joseph’s Orphanage, and many other schools ofthe city. Sist er Mary Basilia (Rose McCann) was the leader of the little group.2

1849

Mother Mary Basilia McCann

1858

Mother Mary Rose McAleer

1864

Mother Mary Josephine Carroll

1870

Mother Mary Elizabeth O’Neill

1876

Mother Mary Francis Maguire

1881

Mother Benedicta Harrington

1884

Mother Mary Cleophas Connors

1889

Mother Mary Bonaventure Kennedy

1895

Mother Mary Fidelis Eustace

1901

Mother Mary Berchmans Walsh

2

Here is the administration ofSisters ofCharity, Halifax, 1849-1950:

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Mother Mary Berchmans Walsh – Superior General Mother Mary Louise Meahan Mother Mary Evaristus Moran

1908

1926 1944

1st General Chapter

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