Sisters of Providence Convent Cemetery

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Sisters of Providence Convent Cemetery
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The grave of Saint Mother Theodore Guerin in the Sisters of Providence convent cemetery
Sisters of Providence Convent Cemetery is located in Vigo County, Indiana
Sisters of Providence Convent Cemetery
Location in Vigo County, Indiana
Details
Established 1861
Location Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana
 United States
Country United States
Coordinates 39°30′34″N 87°27′24″W / 39.5095°N 87.4566°W / 39.5095; -87.4566
Type Private
Owned by Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods
Size 30 acres (120,000 m2)
Number of graves over 2100
Website www.SistersofProvidence.org
Find a Grave Sisters of Providence Cemetery

Convent cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana is the cemetery for the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, a congregation of Roman Catholic religious women founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin.

The original location for the sisters' cemetery was a small hill near Saint Anne Shell Chapel on the motherhouse grounds in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. The earliest deaths in the community were buried here, including Saint Mother Theodore. It soon became clear that more land would be necessary to accommodate the growing congregation.

On October 13, 1857, Mother Mary Cecilia Bailly, general superior of the Congregation, purchased 30.39 acres (123,000 m2) just east of the Shell Chapel, but nothing was done to prepare the ground until 1860. That year, a stump puller was hired, cemetery limits were set, and work on the cemetery began.[1]

The first grave in the new cemetery was filled on April 10, 1861, with the burial of Sister Seraphine Jennings.[1] Later, the graves from the earlier cemetery were exhumed and the bodies were moved to the new cemetery, including that of Saint Mother Theodore. A portion of Saint Mother Theodore's remains still rest in the cemetery, along with several thousand Sisters of Providence and several priests who have served the community.[2]

Several tombstones in the cemetery are government-issue military headstones, honoring several Sisters of Providence who served in military hospitals during the Civil War. These stones were installed with a Requiem Mass and ceremony on July 31, 1923.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Logan, Eugenia (1978). History of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Vol. II. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Sisters of Providence. pp. 43–45. 
  2. ^ "Sisters of Providence Convent Cemetery". Find a Grave. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Mug, Mary Theodosia. Lest We Forget: The Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods in Civil War Service. Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Providence Press. pp. 76–78.