Sisters of the Holy Faith

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The Sisters of the Holy Faith is a Roman Catholic religious congregation, originally for the care of Catholic orphans. It now works broadly in the areas of education and faith development.

History[edit]

It was founded at Dublin, in 1857, by Margaret Aylward,[1] under the direction of Rev. John Gowan, C.M.

The foundress was called a confessor of the Faith by Pope Pius IX, because of the imprisonment of six months she endured. She was convicted of contempt of court, but acquitted of a charge of kidnapping, after having refused to produce and return an abandoned child to its mother.[2]

The congregation is especially active in the Archdiocese of Dublin, the residence of the superior general being at Glasnevin, where the sisters conducted a boarding-school for young ladies.

The original foundation was St. Brigid's Orphanage, Dublin.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Holy Faith Sisters - Beginnings
  2. ^ Margaret Helen Preston, Charitable Words: Women, Philanthropy, and the Language of Charity in Nineteenth-Century Dublin (2004), p. 88.

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