Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception
The Order of the Armenian Catholic Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (Armenian: Անարատ հղության հայ քույրերի միաբանություն) is a religious order of the Roman Catholic Church founded on 5 June 1847 in Istanbul, Turkey. It was proposed in 1843 on the initiative of Archbishop Andon Hassounian who later became Catholicos and the first Cardinal of Armenian ancestry. The Sisters had, around 1900, up to 30 schools in various countries in the Middle East, including Beirut, Cairo and Aleppo, Syria. In America they operate the Armenian Sisters Academy with schools in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1963), Boston and Los Angeles.
- Congressional Record, V. 144, Pt. 5, April 21, 1998 to April 30, 1998 - Page 6251 "The Order of the Armenian Catholic Sister of the Immaculate Conception was founded on June 5, 1847 in Istanbul, Turkey by Archbishop Andon Hassounian. Hassounian later became Catholicos and the first Cardinal of Armenian ancestry."
- Rouben Paul Adalian Historical Dictionary of Armenia - Page 231 2010 "To expand the reach and services of the Catholic Church, Hassoun oversaw, in 1847, the founding in Constantinople of the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, dedicated to the education of Armenian girls. For his many services, ..."
- Otto Friedrich August Meinardus Christian Egypt, ancient and modern - Page 570 1977 "The sisters are devoted to a life of contemplat'on and manual work. Their house is in Matariya. They have 10 sisters. The Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception were founded in 1847 by Anton Cardinal Hassounian.
- Invisible Philadelphia: community through voluntary organizations - Page 59 Jean Barth Toll, Mildred S. Gillam - 1995 "Monsignor Stepanian requested that the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, an order founded by Cardinal Andon Hassounian in 1847, establish a school in the Philadelphia area. Its students (both Armenian and non- Armenian) "