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Growth of Catholic Schools

Posted 9/25/2019

As the Ursuline Sisters grew as a community they expanded their teaching to a number of schools.

In January of 1887 the nuns opened St. Louis School in East Toledo, the pastor, Father Primeau requesting only one teacher as the parish could not afford two. This situation necessitated those teaching at Sacred Heart School nearby accompanying Sister Evangelista Pilliod to St. Louis and calling for her each evening. Fearing to have her alone in the building Mother Immaculate Heart withdrew her at the end of the year. In 1889, Father Smith procured two nuns for the school.

The parochial schools in the city continued to grow in size and number. By 1890, 70 Ursulines staffed besides the Academy, St. Francis de Sales, St. Patrick’s, Good Shepherd, Immaculate Conception, St. Louis, St. Joseph, and Sacred Heart Schools.





The material quoted here is taken from A Tree in the Valley by Sr. Lelia Mahoney.