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Immaculate Conception School Opens - 1874

Posted 4/19/2018

Immaculate Conception School opened with the Ursuline Sisters traveling to the parish to teach.

     

    In 1866, what was part of St. Patrick’s Parish was organized to form a separate parish known as Immaculate Conception, attended by Father Hannin until 1868, when Father John Quinn was appointed pastor. Economic conditions forced the pastor to delay the opening of a school until 1874.

     In the meantime, since the distance precluded the possibility of the children coming to the Convent for instruction, Mother Alphonsus asked Bishop Gilmour to allow the nuns to go to the children. The Bishop readily gave the permission. The Superior, with Sisters Lawrence, Conception, Ignatius and St. Joseph held classes on the church property wherever there was available space until the school building was ready.
     The nuns from the very first has a special love for these children of Immaculate Conception. They made First Holy Communion day a day to remember, and themselves prepared and served the breakfast for the first communicants and their parents. The respect and love with which they inspired these children made a lasting impression, and a deep void was left in the hearts of both the people and the nuns when in 1931 the Ursulines left the parish.