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Superior in Action

Posted 12/28/2018

Mother Amadeus was ever busy about God's work and improving the Toledo foundation.


Besides the organization of the schools, Mother Amadeus pursued other important undertakings:… opening the novitiate in 1876, introducing the cloister in 1877,extending a helping hand to the Youngstown and the Peoria Ursulines in 1878, organizing the first kindergarten in Toledo in 1879, and preparing for the Silver Jubilee of the Foundation in 1879.

Two years before her death Mother Alphonsus had organized a novitiate simply by separating non-Chapter members form the professed. Mother Amadeus realized that to have a canonical novitiate she would need a new building. Hence she proceeded to raze the old brick school built by Father Philip Foley in 1854 for St. Francis de Sales and St. Mary’s parochial school children and erect a new structure, which the nuns used for the novitiate, offices, and dormitories.

The bishop blessed the building on November 1, 1876. And the novices took possession on that day with Mother St. Joseph, directress.  During the time of Mother Amadeus’ term of office, 24 young women entered the novitiate.



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