Mary Raphael Slattery

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Mother Mary Raphael Slattery, S.P.
Mother Mary Raphael Slattery
Born Mary Slattery
(1863-01-17)January 17, 1863
Galesburg, Illinois
Died September 9, 1940(1940-09-09) (aged 77)
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
Title General Superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Predecessor Mother Mary Cleophas Foley, S.P.
Successor Mother Mary Bernard Laughlin, S.P.
Religion Roman Catholic
Parents Patrick and Hannah (Marshall) Slattery

Mother Mary Raphael Slattery, S.P., (January 17, 1863 - September 9, 1940) was the Superior General of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, from 1926-1938. During her term, her business sense helped the congregation through the Great Depression. In the midst of the Depression, Slattery had Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, originally under the finances of the congregation, separately incorporated in order to protect its future. [1]

She oversaw the founding of Providence High School in Chicago, now known as Providence-St. Mel. Slattery also sent Sisters of Providence for the first time to minister in Oklahoma, North Carolina and California.

Slattery also promoted among her Sisters a devotion to Our Lady of Providence, encouraging them to share this devotion with their students.[2]

Born Mary Slattery in Galesburg, Illinois, Slattery entered the congregation on September 4, 1882 and was professed as a full Sister of Providence on August 15, 1885. She spent time ministering in Valparaiso, Indiana and at Saint Agnes Academy in Indianapolis. Beginning in 1902, Slattery spent 24 years as Treasurer of the congregation until she was elected Superior General in 1926.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Madden 1991, p. 393
  2. ^ Madden 1991, p. 532
  3. ^ Madden 1991, p. 240
  • Madden, Mary Roger (1991). The Path Marked Out: History of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Volume III. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Sisters of Providence. 
  • Sisters of Providence (1956). The Sisters of Providence in France and America. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Sisters of Providence. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Mother Mary Cleophas Foley, S.P.
General Superior of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
1926 - 1938
Succeeded by
Mother Mary Bernard Laughlin, S.P.
Educational offices
Preceded by
Mother Mary Cleophas Foley, S.P.
President of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
1926 - 1938
Succeeded by
Mother Mary Bernard Laughlin, S.P.