For those of us who were members of the Holy Name Grade School 8th Grade Graduating Class of 1965, I offer the following update about our Sisters of Saint Joseph educators.
First Grade Sister Incarnata – left the SSJ Congregation
Second Grade Sister Martin de Porres – left the SSJ Congegation
Third Grade Sister Emily O’Brien died May 30, 1998
Sixth Grade Sister Clementine Hannigan died November 7, 1971
Seventh Grade Sister Mary Immaculate Cook is now known as Sister Mary Eileen Cook. Sister Mary Eileen is now retired and lives in Supportive Living at the Baden Motherhouse.
Eighth Grade Sister Mary Daniel Hogan died January 27, 2005
The information was provided to me by Sister Karen Stoila, CSJ, Director of Development for the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden, Pennsylvania. Sister Karen has a special place in her heart for Holy Name since she actually lived at the Holy Name convent from 1970-1972 while she was finishing her degree at Carlow College.
According to Sister Karen; Sister Mary Eileen (formerly Sister Mary Immaculate) is now retired and lives in Supportive Living at the Baden Motherhouse. You can write to her at the address below or call her at 724.869.2151 and ask or dial Ext. 6620. She does not have an email listed in their directory however. If you would like to send her a note or a card, the address is c/o The Sisters of St. Joseph, 1020 State St., Baden, PA 15005. Thankfully, she is doing very well and would love to hear from her former students! Sister Karen invited us to check out their website at www.stjoseph-baden.org as well their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CSJBaden.
By the way, I found a picture that might bring back some fond memories of Sister Mary Daniel. It was taken in 1963 at the 8th Grade Class graduation. She holds a special place in my heart. When I was in the 7th Grade, Matty Esak and I either must of volunteered or really misbehaved, and as a result, ended up in the dark, dank basement under the church attempting to set up a school library. The shelves, which were just cinder blocks and boards, were already in place. Our job was just to begin placing books so they could later be organized by category. It wasn’t a difficult job, just a bit creepy. While we were sorting, Matty and I decided it was our job to conduct an in-depth review of the back issues of National Geographic that someone had donated. The unfortunate part of this story is that just as we were gapping at the female native attire in a very special issue, Sister Mary Daniel decided to conduct an on-site inspection of our progress. Lucky us! After a verbal spanking, we were “reassigned” to blackboard eraser cleaning. The good news however, is that Sister Mary Daniel understood the curiosity of young boys and never found it necessary to inform our parents. God love her!
In conclusion, to all of you who wondered about the good Sister’s habit and how they were somehow able to hold what would equate to the encyclopedia in their pockets, you may want to watch the following YouTube video. Sister Elizabeth Brown, who sewed hundreds of habits for the congregation, is telling us everything we wanted to know about the habit but never asked! Enjoy.