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Sr Marie Genevieve Flaherty
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Birth: May 31, 1885
LaSalle County
Illinois, USA
Death: Oct. 24, 1977
Grant County
Wisconsin, USA

Ellen Nora Flaherty

"... she was 16 when she moved with her family to St. Edward, NE. She graduated High School at St. Francis Academy in Columbus, NE....entered St. Clara convent as a Novitiate in 1911 and became a nun in the Dominican Order
where the Motherhouse is at Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

A BA degree from Rosary and an MA from Teachers College, Columbia University, NY plus a certificate in Theology were the professional accomplishments to her excellent teaching ministry. She loved children as was evidenced in her 59 years "on the missions", beginning with St. John's, Milwaukee in 1912. In 1923 she organized Our Lady of Refuge School, NY and was its first principal and prioress until 1929. From then on until she retired in 1968 she taught or was principal of schools in Illinois, Wisconsin and South Dakota.

She was Superior of Convents in Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She did "special things" while at Chicago St. Thomas Apostle as library manager after she retired from teaching at age 79. She continued to write and tape Bible stories for children after she retired to St. Clara Convent and St. Dominique Villa in
Dubuque, IA.

After a year of retirement she was one of the first four nuns to volunteer for St. Martin House, Peoria, IL to live in the integrated neighborhood of St. Patrick's parish. Upon its successful beginning, she returned to St. Clara Convent as advanced years took more toll of her health; but she continued engaging in her many interests: needlework, writing, contacts with sisters and events in the organization's busy life until shortly before her death in 1977 of bronchiopneumonia.

She was charitable, had a positive attitude toward everyone and everything. She was truly dedicated not
only to the Church and her religious life, but also to her family and people everywhere. She is buried at St. Clara Convent in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. An emmaus window in the Convent Chapel clerestory was designated to her honor." [Greg Flaherty]

Family links: 
  Michael J. Flaherty (1846 - 1909)
  Mary Genevieve Fitzgerald Flaherty (1848 - 1934)
  James Edward Flaherty (1871 - 1920)*
  Mary Loretta Flaherty Scanlan (1874 - 1960)*
  Frank P. Flaherty (1878 - 1949)*
  Julia Flaherty Roach (1880 - 1923)*
  Kathryn Ludmilla Monica Flaherty Fischer (1882 - 1973)*
  Marie Genevieve Flaherty (1885 - 1977)
  William Joseph Flaherty (1887 - 1943)*
  Joseph Daniel Flaherty (1889 - 1946)*
  Mary Ambrose Flaherty (1890 - 1981)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Clara Cemetery
Grant County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: Linda Jenkins Werts
Record added: Aug 06, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74511597
Sr Marie Genevieve Flaherty
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