The first of these occupants was Rev. Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart Just a quibble: St. Mary’s School in Tenn. was not in Memphis, but in Sewanee (east Tenn.), just like the University of the South.. St. Mary’s School in Tennessee began in Memphis in 1873. Over the span of 75 years his firm produced plans for more than 60 Episcopal churches; mostly in the northeastern United States. A couple of former students did attend and spoke briefly about their experience. In spite of that controversy, the CSM eventually flourished after being widely recognized for the selfless acts of its Sisters in service to their communities. In 1920 a wing was added to the school. Dear Barbara, Thank you for your concern about the state of the Sisters’ Cemetery in Peekskill. I thought you might like to see a cemetery for Saint Mary's Convent Cemetery I found on Findagrave.com. She completed 34 religious works including mural and alter works and 90 secular pieces, mostly portraits and landscapes. PROJECT: The Abbey Inn & Spa in Peekskill Ginsburg Development Cos. has spent more than a year converting the former convent of the Episcopal Sisters of St. Maryâ¦ 3,300 Acres Protected Along East Canada Creek Tributary, Twelve Tavern Rules, Thirteen Toasts and America’s 1814 Anthem, NYC Park ‘Spaces’ Recognize African American Contributions, But, Newburghâs Downing Park, A Short History, Delaware & Hudson RR Virtual Talk Jan 14th. She then taught for two years at St. Josephâs School, Bogota, NJ. Were the nuns strict? My uncle, Fr. Hi, Susan. On Aug. 3, a morning Mass with reception was celebrated for both sisters at Mount St. Francis in Peekskill. We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. Your email address will not be published. This is the story of the Community of St Mary (CSM) and the remarkable religious buildings they had constructed at Peekskill, NY from 1872 to 1963. Photos larger than 8.0 MB will be reduced. Follow the New York Almanack each day via E-mail, RSS, Twitter or Facebook updates. Surrounded by her family, friends and sisters in community, Sister Mary McCaffrey celebrated her 70th jubilee on Saturday, May â¦ There is too much controversy between the Catholics and the Protestants. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. In 1909, construction of a new home for a high school for girls was begun. based on information from your browser. Her name was Suellen Botsford. My classmate (1962) Emily and I visited the school last fall; although somewhat run-down, it was much as we remembered – a special place. Sister Mary Michael attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1946, and then entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Peekskill, N.Y., where she began her formal training in the mission of the Good Shepherd Sisters, serving girls and women in need of care and education. However, it is my understanding that they become the property of the municipality in which they are located and that entity is required to maintain it. Reviews (716) 873-8011. The cemetery is not maintained and its gravestone markers are uprooted and stacked in a corner of the cemetery. I so wish I could roam the buildings so that I could feel the love that my grandmother felt. Unfortunately, the donated sand for making the markers had salt in the mix. It’s indeed very sad to read what has become of the place. She then taught for two years at St. Joseph's School, Bogota, NJ. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. The School and its Architect Ralph Adams Cram. We have no legal grounds upon which to protest their decision. At one time, Mount St. Florence was a sprawling residential facility for young girls who were referred by the New York City court system. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. From 1957-1959, she taught at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St. Veronica's School, both in Manhattan. By Arthur Lowndes. Only the grave monument of CSM founders, Sister Harriet Starr Cannon and a few dozen unmarked cement crosses remain. St. Mary’s was considered High Episcopalian when I was there in the 50s and I had understood that it was a close proximity to the Church of England. This account has been disabled. Great read. The Sisters of St. Mary live a contemplative expression of the monastic life, grounded in the Benedictine principle of ora et labora - - prayer and work. It’ was Kemper Hall Seminary for Girls in Kenosha, WI, not Kemper Ball. Sister Mary McCaffrey Celebrates 70 Years of Religious Life Sister Mary McCaffrey renews her vows with Sister Pat Larkin. I had not returned until today, 56 years later. We were delighted by that prospect; however, the real estate mortgage debacle in 2008 stopped the building plans in Peekskill. The order was founded by Sister Harriet Starr Cannon, (1823-1896) its Mother Superior, on the Feast of the Purification of Mary on February 2, 1865 in St. Michael’s Church, 86th Street, New York City, about two months before the close of the Civil War. Found more than one record for entered Email, You need to confirm this account before you can sign in. From 1872 to 2003 the Sisters of the Community of St Mary were buried in this cemetery. Please try again later. Verify and try again. It was formally constituted by Bishop Horatio Potter of New York as the Sisters of St. Mary. The first convent was built in 1876. Congregational Offices 960 James Street Second Floor Syracuse, NY 13203 email@example.com P 315.634.7000 F 315.634.7023 It is believed also that Revolutionary War era barracks were located in the area of the current cemetery. The sisters of St. Mary used to (& may still) make all of the Communion wafers that were shipped to Episcopal Churches all over the country. I was in the dorm. I spent many hours polishing silver on Saturday mornings to make up for misgivings – demerits and even enjoyed that in company with other “naughty” students . The nun in this lovely blog piece is Mother Mary Ambrose. Your email address will not be published. Oh dear, that is very sad. The school, which was owned and operated until 1977 by the Sisters of St. Mary, an Episcopal convent, is one of the first large rental projects on the former religious properties in Peekskill. It was here that they built their convent, chapel, a school for girls, several other structures and a burial ground for their departed members and other persons associated with their order. Villa St. Francis 250 South Street, Peekskill, New York 10566 Phone: 914-737-4244 This site is adjacent to dense residential neighborhoods which lie at lower elevations to the south and east. Filed Under: History Tagged With: Architecture, Historic Preservation, Peekskill, Religious History, This is a cry for strongly worded resolutions to be written to raise at Town Boards so we never again read that “gravestone markers are uprooted and stacked in a corner. At various times during its golden years of the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries the CSM had four boarding and day schools for young ladies: St. Maryâs school, New York, NY; St. Gabrielâs School, Peekskill, NY; St. Maryâs School, Memphis, TN and Kemper Hall, Kenosha, WS. Miguel. We are visiting Peekskill on Thursday and look forward to exploring. Suellen was a class mate of mine, 1963. After the properties were sold an application was begun to put the chapel, convent, school and other buildings on the National Register of Historic places, but this work was never completed. We had to go to chapel every morning & then, on Sunday morning we all walked down the road to the gorgeous Church for service. From tumultuous beginnings, including an uphill battle against the established positions of the Church on monastic orders in general, the CSM eventually flourished after being widely recognized for the selfless acts of its Sisters in service to the community. Most of her work was executed in a technique of the Italian Renaissance, which she developed after extensive study in Florence Italy. Fortunately she was at St. Mary’s where she was loved and nurtured. Oddly my family and I lived very near Greenwich from 1971-1983. The walls of this chapel contain large calligraphic murals of with the names of the Saints of the Church by Sister Mary Veronica (1874 – 1965, born Ella Sallie McCullough) an outstanding ecclesiastical painter. Congdon was a founder of the New York Ecclesiological Society, a group of Episcopal architects that was founded in 1848 to promote “the study of Gothic Architecture, and of Ecclesiastical Antiques.” He received the original commission to build the convent and then he returned in 1896 to build the external main chapel (completed in 1902, with a cornerstone that reads âMagnificat Anima Mea Dominumâ or âMy soul magnifies the Lordâ). My maiden name was Joan Michael Good. Get directions, reviews and information for Sisters of St Mary in Buffalo, NY. In 1950, the Parish of St. James in Greenville, Tennessee commissioned her to paint an altarpiece, entitled âMater Purissima.â It emulates the medieval styles of fifteenth century Friars, Angelico and Lippi. To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. I was in the class of 1965 at SMS, and loved every one of my 4 years there. Thank you Janet grainger for your positive report. I have to read up on NYS law regarding abandoned cemeteries. Subscribe! It is the oldest indigenous Anglican order in the New World, and the first monastic body constituted by the Episcopal Church since the dissolution of monasteries in the 16th century.While the forms of service practiced by the nuns of the order have varied over the years and regions, at this particular complex, the running of a school and the manufacture of communion wafers were a primary focus. No, I wasn’t on the tour. I hope to visit the site one day and perhaps the new Convent in Greenwich. With regard to the cemetery itself. New York, NY; a Convalescent Summer Home for Children, at South Norwalk, CT; the Noyes Memorial Home, Peekskill; Trinity Hospital, New York, NY (a Hospital for adults, both men and women); the Laura Franklin Free Hospital for Children, New York, NY; Trinity Mission, New York, NY; and, in the summer, Seaside Home for Poor Children at Islip, NY; St Maryâs-In-the-Field Home for the care of abandoned, delinquent or neglected children in Valhalla, NY; the Church Orphan Home, Memphis, TN, and St. Maryâs Mission, Chicago, IL and St. Maryâs Home for Children, also in Chicago. Inquiries for Villa St. Francis. I think the Protestant Nuns of Saint Mary Episcopal will become Catholic one day. It was a lovely place to be. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to the page and details about the problem. Franciscan Sisters of Peekskill, Peekskill, NY. My father was in the Army and moved frequently, so SMS was my anchor, and being there probably shaped the whole rest of my life. We have set your language to It certainly wasn’t like that when I was a student there from 1950-1954!!! Try again. We have an SMSA in the US and Canada that meets every two years. From 1957-1959, she taught at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and St. Veronicaâs School, both in Manhattan. the years at St. MaryÂ´s school , 1950 -53 were some of the happiest of my life. She also painted portraits of several other religious leaders of the Protestant Episcopal Church. In 1950, she entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters in Peekskill, NY and professed first vows in 1952. Her family has not been able to find a graduation certificate to confirm for obit information. I attended SMS from 8th grade, the first year they accepted students that young, and it was a haven for the next five years, from 1947 to 1952. I would like to be included in a tour of the grounds and/or buildings if one is arranged. The main St. Mary’s School building is considered a noteworthy example of the Gothic Revival style, with its large gothic quadrangle, designed by architect Ralph Adams Cram. We thought they were great and love to wear them. Select the one titled St. Marys school of Sagada Hymn Amid Untold. What ever happend to the Sisters of Teachers of the Children of God Order ? The Mt. So thankful to the Sisters for their care of my great aunt in her declining years and for all of their fine work. For over a century, the Convent at Mount St. Gabriel, a picturesque plot of land in the highlands of Peekskill, NY, was home to the Community of St. Mary. Sister Kiara and Sister Mary Helen were the youngest of the sisters. After parents and grandparents pass, cemetery graveyards are merely just that, a far better lasing, publically non-detrimental memory could easily be fabricated. 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