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T h e N e w O r l e a n s A f r i c a n A m e r i c a n M u s e u m o f A r t, C u l t u r e a n d H i s to r y

A Celebration of aith he nrie tt e Del il l e a nd t he sis t ers of t he holy fa mily


The Ne w Orl e a ns Af rica n A merica n Museum of Ar t, Cult ure a nd His t or y PRE SENT S

A Celebration of aith He nrie t t e Del il l e a nd t he Sis t ers of t he Holy Fa mily

E xhibition Dates :

April 30–August 17, 2008

An exhibition organized by

The Ne w Orl e a ns Af rica n A merica n Museum of Ar t, Cult ure a nd His t or y 1418 Governor Nicholls Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

Treme Villa


A Celebration of Faith: Henriette DeLille and the Sisters of the Holy Family Copyright Š 2008 New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History 418 Governor Nicholls Street New Orleans, Louisiana 70116 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced by any process or technique without the prior written permission of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History Edited by Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd Brochure Design: Alison Cody Ashley Segari Printing:____________ Library of Congress Catalogue Number:________ ISBN#____________________ Manufactured in the United States of America

on the front: Don Rutledge Sisters of the Holy Family at Prayer c. 1960. photograph Courtesy Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family inside cover: Portrait of Henriette Delille c. 1852, photograph Courtesy Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family


Contents

Ac k n ow l e d g e m e n t s

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I n t r o du c t i o n Jim Thorns

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S p o n s o r ’ s S tat e m e n t

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A m e ss ag e F r o m t h e M o t h e r Su p e r i o r

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Br i de s o f Ch r i s t, S e r va n t s t o t h e P o o r : T r ac i n g t h e L eg ac y o f t h e S i s t e rs o f t h e H o ly Fa m i ly

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Project Director, A Celebration of Faith: Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family Member, NOAAM Board of Directors

Alden J. McDonald, Jr. CEO, Liberty Bank & Trust

Sister Eva Regina Martin

Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd Curator, A Celebration of Faith: Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family and Assistant Professor of Museum Studies, Southern University at New Orleans

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I n M e m o r i u m

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M i ss i o n s o f t h e S i s t e rs o f t h e H o ly Fa m i ly

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A s e l ec t e d Ch r o n o l o g y

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Postulant in Bridal Gown (Sister Camillus Durald) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Postulant in Bridal Gown (Sister Jules Johnson) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Postulant in Bridal Gown (Mary Sybil Mott/Sr. M. Eucharia Mott) March 19, 1938 Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Acknowledgements This exhibition and catalogue would not have been possible without the efforts of numerous individuals and organizations. The Board of Directors of the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History (NOAAM) would like to thank the following for their gracious support of A Celebration of Faith: Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family: Liberty Bank and Trust, Thorns Consulting, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Arts Council of New Orleans, the Sisters of the Holy Family (SSF), Audubon Nature Institute, Archdiocese of New Orleans, Southern University of New Orleans Museum Studies Program, Xavier University, Dillard University, Rhodes Funeral Home and The New Orleans Museum of Art. We are extremely grateful to all of these institutions for their enthusiastic involvement with and support of this project. The Board is extremely grateful to Alden McDonald of Liberty Bank & Trust, sponsor of the exhibition catalogue. The Board also thanks the Project Team for A Celebration of Faith. Its members include, from the Sisters of the Holy Family: Sister Judith Barial, Sister Andria Marie Donald, Sister Doris Godeaux, Sister M. Caroline Leslie, Sister Eva Regina Martin, Sister Clare of Assisi Pierre and Sister Sylvia Thibodeaux. Other Project Team members include Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, Marsha Broussard, Pearl Cantrelle, Bishop Shelton Joseph Fabre, Marlin Gusman, Charlie Johnson, Clarice Kirkland, Renee Lapeyrolerie, Rhesa McDonald, J. R. Thomason and Jim Thorns. The Curator of the exhibition, Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd, would like to acknowledge the assistance of the following individuals: Sister M. Carolyn Leslie of the SSF for her patience while graciously providing her with necessary access to the Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family. She also thanks Sister Andria Marie Donald of the SSF for her assistance during the object selection phase of the project. Beauchamp-Byrd is also grateful to Jim Thorns and Marsha Broussard for skillfully ensuring that the project moved forward in a timely and productive fashion. She also thanks, in particular, Dr. Monique Guillory for much-needed advice and editorial assistance. She is also grateful to Alison Cody for her extreme professionalism and masterful graphic design, and Tom Lanham for his extraordinary design of the exhibition. Beauchamp-Byrd is also indebted to Renee Lapeyrolerie for providing advice and invaluable public relations assistance for the exhibition. Additional thanks goes to Peter Nakhid for his assistance with photographic materials, and Beryl Johns for her highly efficient assistance with many aspects of the curatorial process. Lester Sullivan, University Archivist at Xavier University, must also be acknowledged for his assistance and for graciously providing a wealth of research materials. Glenda Harper must also be commended for her tireless administrative assistance at the Museum. Other Museum staff, ________, provided__________

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Don Rutledge Laundry Day at the Motherhouse Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Jim Thorns Sister Cecilia Oluchi Dimaku Sister M. Letitia Senegal Sister M. Sylvia Vallet 2006, Photographs Courtesy of Jim Thorns

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Under the Persimmon Tree (Holy Rosary Institute) c. 1910, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Foreword The mission of the African American Museum of Art, Culture and History involves the preservation and documentation of the history and culture of African Americans, and also presents programming that traces the cultural impact of the African diaspora throughout the world. In keeping with the Museum’s mission, we have a unique opportunity to celebrate the Sisters of the Holy Family (SSF), an organization whose contributions have previously gone largely unnoticed within the broader community. A Celebration of Faith may be viewed as a tribute to the Sisters and their influence on numerous communities who have benefitted from the schools, hospitals, nursing homes, churches and other missions established by the SSF. And, despite the devastating effects of Katrina, they continue their work, educating youths, caring for the elderly, and maintaining institutions like St. Mary’s Academy, the oldest Catholic high school for African Americans in New Orleans. This project also calls attention to the ongoing canonization process of Henriette Delille, and will educate visitors about the significance of both Mother Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family within the history of American culture.

Jim Thorns, Jr.

E x e c u t i v e P r o d u c e r , A C e l e b r at i o n o f Fa i t h B o a r d M e m b e r , N e w O r l e a n s A f r i ca n A m e r i ca n M u s e u m o f A r t, C u lt u r e a n d H i s t o r y A. P. Bedou Scene from a Play, St. Mary’s Academy 1940, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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The Willing Workers c. 1906-1909, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sponsor’s Statement Liberty Bank & Trust is particularly pleased to support A Celebration of Faith: Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family. We salute the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture and History for organ-izing this long-overdue tribute to the Sisters of the Holy Family (SSF) and their 165 years of service. The Sisters’ tireless efforts have served the cultural, spiritual and educational needs of so many here in the City of New Orleans, and in areas throughout the world. Liberty Bank’s motto has long been “Doing Well While Doing Good.” This project, a celebration of the faith, determination, and enterprising charitable work of the Sisters, reflects the sentiments of our motto. It is our hope that this exhibition increases understanding about the global impact of the missions established by the Sisters of the Holy Family, and highlights their significant role in the shaping and building of our communities.

Alden J. McDonald, Jr.

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A Message A Celebration of Faith: Henriette and the Sisters of the Holy Family illuminates the work of a group of Sisters of African descent who helped to level the playing field within the history of the Catholic Church. I am pleased that our stories of sisterhood and faith are now being assembled into a major project that documents our experiences, and particularly our establishment of various missions, over the past 165 years. Most importantly, this project will highlight the significant works of literature that have been authored by our Sisters. One of the most intriguing of these texts is the writings of Sister Mary Austin Jones, the sixth Mother Superior, and a native of Donaldsonville, Louisiana. She allowed God to work through her for the benefit of the entire community, all of the people of God. Born in 1861, Mother Jones exuded wisdom, grace and intellectual prowess. She was a highly skilled administrator who charted new social, cultural and financially-viable paths for the Sisters of the Holy Family. I am grateful that her story, through projects like this one, is now being told. We thank Jim Thorns for having the courage to initiate and develop such a project as a means of honoring our work and furthering our mission. A Celebration of Faith has been a tremendously fulfilling undertaking for all of us.

Sister Eva Regina Martin

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Pope John Paul II’s Visit to New Orleans (Pope Greeting Twin Sisters Canisius Lastrapes and Canice Lastrapes at St. Louis Cathedral) 1987, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Brides of Christ, Servants to the Poor: Tracing the Legacy of the Sisters of the Holy Family By Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd In early 1930s New Orleans, a native-born photographer named Arthur P. Bedou (1886-1966), largely known as A.P. Bedou, completed what appeared to be an ethereal, meticulously-constructed wedding portrait of Marcelle Rousseve (Fig. 1). Rousseve was certainly engaged in a process of personal transformation, but it was definitively not a marriage in the conventional sense. Swathed in white fabric and lace, and with one white gloved hand placed strategically on a table bearing a sculpture of the Crucifixion, Marcelle, through this process, became known as Sister Teresa Vincent Rousseve. Bedou’s representation of this “Bride of Christ” documented the sacrament of Holy Orders whereby Rousseve consecrated herself to serving Christ and became bound to the sacred vows of religious life.

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A.P. Bedou Miss Marcelle Rousseve (Sister Theresa Vincent Rousseve) c. 1934, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Much more than capturing Rousseve’s spiritual vows, Bedou’s c. 1934 portrait represents one of an extensive series of photographs that he produced over a period of more than forty years, beginning around 1900. These works document a highly significant and influential New Orleans-based institution of which Rousseve was part: the Sisters of the Holy Family, or Soeurs de Sainte Famille (SSF). Founded in 1842 New Orleans by three free women of color, Henriette Delille (1812-1862), Juliette Gaudin (1808-1888) and Josephine Charles (1812-1885), the Sisters of the Holy Family are the second oldest Catholic religious order for women of color in the United States.1 This exhibition, entitled A Celebration of Faith: Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family, traces the significant, ongoing charitable endeavors of the SSF, including the founding of St. Mary’s Academy, Lafon Catholic Nursing Home, St. Paul’s School in Lafayette, Louisiana, Delille Academy in Belize and countless other missions. In addition to this historic record of the SSF’s achievements, the included works represent a broad range of imagery and representations of the Sisters and their work—portraiture, institutional documents, and candid photographs capturing everyday life—all of which make up a comprehensive visual archive of the congregation’s evolution from the 19th century to the present. This story could not be told without a particular focus on foundress Henriette Delille, whose cause for sainthood has been formally presented to the Vatican. If successful, she will become the first American of African descent to be canonized by the Catholic Church. Together, all of these works speak to the ever-evolving dynamics of race, gender, power and self-empowerment as they relate to the representation of women of African descent. A. P. Bedou (Fig. 2) has often been credited as Booker T. Washington’s personal photographer.2 As Cynthia Beavers Wilson has pointed out, Bedou visited Tuskegee several times and photographed the leading educator, author and activist, and “accompanied Washington on fundraising tours.”3 Bedou was known for these introspective portraits, as well as for his landscapes documenting the rural areas of Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Portrait of A.P. Bedou Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Bedou appears to have begun photographing the Sisters of the SSF extensively around 1900. In that year, he produced a brochure, or prospectus, for St. Mary’s Academy entitled “St. Mary’s Academy for Young Ladies and Girls, Directed by the Sisters of the Holy Family.” In fact, the title page of the text credits him as “A.P. Bedou, Photographer and Publisher, New Orleans, LA.” Inside, Bedou provides a virtual catalogue of scenes: interior and exterior views of 717 Orleans Street in the French Quarter (Fig. 3), the SSF’s Motherhouse and also the site for the school: the courtyard, music room, elaborate stairwell, dining room, dormitory and finely cultivated garden. Also included are images of young women seated attentively in class and “A Group of Boarders” seated on a stairwell.

1 The Baltimore-based Oblate Sisters of Providence, established in 1829 was the first order of women religious of African anc--estry. 2 Cynthia Beavers Wilson, To Conserve a Legacy_____________ 3 Beavers Wilson, 164.

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(Fig. 3) A. P. Bedou Postulates 1940s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

There remains a great deal of additional scholarship to be undertaken regarding Bedou’s lengthy and mutually beneficial relationship to the SSF, exemplified by his stunning 1940s photograph of a group of postulants on the stairwell at 717 Orleans (Fig. 3).4 In addition, increased research should also be conducted on those works produced by his student, Villard Paddio, who kept a studio in the New Orleans neighborhood of Treme.5 Like his mentor, Paddio also produced a comprehensive body of work that documented SSF missions such as Lafon Nursing Home and completed numerous portraits of Jubilarians.6 Bedou and Paddio were merely two of numerous important photographers that documented the SSF during their more than 165 years in existence. What prompted such interest in these (relatively obscure) individuals and their work? What was at stake in photographing a selection of Catholic Sisters of African descent in 19th, 20th and early 21st century New Orleans? What did it mean, socially and politically, to these free women of color, attired in their religious habits, traversing the streets of New Orleans in the 1850s, for example? What does the image of Henriette Delille mean at an Academy named after her in Belize, on a contemporary prayer card distributed by Catholic groups throughout the U.S., or on a souvenir from a local hotel that is closely associated with the congregation’s history?7

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Foundations: The Early Years Sister Mary Borgia Hart, Emily Clark, Cyprian Davis, Tracy Fessenden, Virginia Meacham Gould, Charles E. Nolan and a recent dissertation by Donna Porche-Frilot, have provided thorough documentation of the main threads of narrative marking the SSF and its early establishment.8 Yet in considering a group of women whose very way of life considerably hinders public circulation and social interaction, what materials exist that can best provide a pictorial history of the SSF? Certainly, the story of the SSF courses through images like the widelyreproduced (and broadly interpreted) sole existing photograph of Henriette Delille (frontispiece), born in New Orleans, celebrated as the driving force behind the emergence of the Sisters of the Holy Family. Despite their unconditional willingness to embrace Christian life and dedicate themselves to austere personal sacrifice, the birth of the SSF was fraught with political challenges and social obstruction by members of the Catholic Church itself. Tracy Fessenden has written of archbishop Napoleon Perche’s opposition to the Sisters’ wearing of religious habits in 1872, and of how “Antoine Blanc, archbishop of New Orleans at the time of the SSF’s early years, refused them permission to wear a habit or to make public vows.”9 Yet the eventual triumph of the founders would come on November 21, 1842, when the Church would formally acknowledge the Sisters through the approval of Bishop Blanc and prompted by the support of Pere Etienne Rousselon, Vicar-General of the Diocese. We know that Delille’s First Communion and Confirmation were made at St. Louis Cathedral, and, according to tradition, she made daily visits to the Bishopric Chapel in the old Ursuline Convent on Chartres Street. In 1850, she learned the principles of religious life and studied the vows with the Madames of the Sacred Heart in Convent, Louisiana. Although she had dedicated herself to the religious life and had established a religious order nearly ten years prior, Delille would not be able to make her vows until October 15, 1852 at St. Augustine Church on St. Claude Avenue in New Orleans.10 Another part of the narrative is that of Juliette Gaudin (1808-1888), a free woman of color and friend of Henriette, born on the French Island of San Domingo. Gaudin came to New Orleans by way of Cuba in 1817. She received the Holy Eucharist and Confirmation at St. Louis Cathedral in 1821. Mother Gaudin was co-foundress of the Congregation and became Superior General at Delille’s death in 1862.11 Also integral to the early years of the SSF is Pere Etienne Rousselon, Vicar General of the Diocese of New Orleans, who fought fervently on behalf of the sisters to obtain permission from Bishop Antoine Blanc to establish a society of women of African descent to perform charitable work for the people of St. Augustine Parish. A rented house on St. Bernard Street served as a convent for the Sisters and a home for aged women, the first of its kind in the United States. Three weeks later, a house was purchased for the Sisters on Bayou Road between St. Claude and Rampart Streets.12 Representations of Rousselon may be assembled, yet there exists no known photograph of another component of the SSF story, Marie Jeanne Aliquot, who came to New Orleans from France on December 6, 1832 to visit her sister, an Ursuline nun. While disembarking from the ship, Aliquot fell into the Mississippi River, but was promptly rescued by a fisherman of African descent. In deep gratitude for this selfless act, Aliquot spent the remainder of her life in New Orleans, providing charitable services to enslaved Africans and free people of African descent.13

(Fig. 4) Thomy Lafon c. 1870s, Photograph, 14” x 11” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Hence, with a paucity of pictorial evidence documenting the early years of the SSF, a picture might be constructed using texts such as Delille’s mother’s will of 1847 and, as a result, Delille’s 1859 lease of the property at 717 Orleans. Another key figure in the early years of the SSF was Thomy Lafon (181-01893), an early supporter of the congregation and their missions. Lafon (Fig. 4) was an extremely wealthy free 8 Gould and Nolan and other texts-Davis, Frilot________________ 9 Fessenden, p. 188_______________ 10 Mother Delille died on November 17, 1862 during the capture of the City by Union soldiers in the Civil War. 11 Before her death on January 1, 1888, Mother Gaudin witnessed the Formal Approbation of the Rule of the Sisters by Archbishop Perche in 1876. 12 Returning from a trip to his native France, Pere Rousselon had an accident aboard ship, resulting in his death on November 16, 1866. During this trip, Pere Rousselon had obtained a pattern for the Sisters’ habit. However, the design was lost. 13 She resided with the Sisters, advising, encouraging and assisting the foundresses until her death on April 13, 1863. She died at the SSF convent on Bayou Road.

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717 Orleans St., Sister M. Immaculate Conception Prevost (washing sidewalk) 1940s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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717 Orleans Street, Former Motherhouse of Sisters (children in front) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

man of color who amassed a tremendous fortune through real estate and other businesses. As noted by Virginia Meacham Gould and Charles E. Nolan, Lafon “left substantial bequests for the construction of the Berchmans Home, the Old Folks Home on St. Bernard Street, and Lafon Asylum for Orphan Boys on St. Peter Street, all run by the Sisters of the Holy Family.”14 Also part of this narrative are the buildings that housed both the Sisters as well as their missions. The many representations of the Motherhouse at 717 Orleans and the day-to-day activities that formed the pulse of the Sisters during their tenure there also tell some part of the SSF story, as in this early 20th c. photograph of Sister M. Immaculate Conception Prevost washing the sidewalk in front of the building’s eloquent shuttered windows (Fig. 5). Monique Guillory has written of the cultural and theoretical implications of this space as it evolved from the SSF convent and original location for St. Mary’s into the historic Bourbon Orleans Hotel during the 1960s as the New Orleans French Quarter began to be marketed as a haven for tourists and visitors to the Crescent City._________15

14 No Cross, No Crown, 211. 15 See “ “ in Race Consciousness, Guillory, an alumna of St. Mary’s Academy, _________

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SSF Missions established during the 19th Century Certainly, the story of the SSF hinges on their countless missions: schools, churches, nursing facilities, orphanages. Dependent upon the vagaries of financial resources, manpower and other forms of support, some operated for a relatively limited number of years, while others, like St. Mary’s Academy, have endured for more than a century. The story of these missions may be evinced in yearbooks, photographs, school newspapers, graduation ceremony images, and in the countless tales of children whose lives have been literally shaped by the Sisters of the Holy Family in images like a 1963 photograph of Sister Mary Alfrida, Director of Lafon Boys Home with a young charge (Fig. 7). Other SSF institutions founded in the 19th century include: Holy Family Academy in Baton Rouge, St. John Berchmans Orphanage in New Orleans (Fig. 8), and the various missions undertaken in Belize, South America, exemplified by a procession of flower girls in Dangriga at Sacred Heart School (Fig. 9). In a broader sense, how exactly did the Sisters, a group of women of African descent, go about charting new frontiers (Fig. 10), providing a broad array of services despite relatively miniscule support, and against seemingly insurmountable odds related to social, cultural and political mores? Their persistence and undeniable impact upon the communities in which they have thrived attests to far more than their faith

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Sister Mary Consilia Saizan, Lafon Boys Home, with youth 1963, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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St. John Berchmans Orphanage, 733 Orleans (with Mother Superior Austin Jones in back row, to the right of pole at left) 1893, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orlean

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and personal vocations. The SSF are, quite simply, educators and businesswomen, amassing property and support staff in the service of their missions. They are revered and respected members of their communities, entrusted with the care of its most vulnerable citizens—the young, the elderly, the poor and the orphaned. Most notably, they have functioned with a self-determination that has remained a characteristic of their activities, from the challenges of institutionalized racism in their early years to their contemporary resilience in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Can their pioneering, self-empowering efforts, driven by Christian faith, be also viewed as inherently feminist and potentially socialist in nature?

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Flower Girls, Dangriga (Belize) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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A Group of Sisters Arriving in Belize, Central America (left to right: Sisters Marie Louise, Mary Florence, Miriam of Jesus, Mary of Lourdes and Mary Cecilia) c. late 1890s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Don Rutledge Postulants (Sister Eva Regina at far left and Sister Joan Flores at far right), and Novices 1959, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Everyday Life: Postulants, Novices and Jubilarians Who are the Sisters of the Holy Family? What were their lives like in the mid-1840s, in 1966, for example, and/or today? How might we gain a more illuminating sense of their everyday existence? Such a process might entail a form of investigative work through the archives, a literal assignment of names, dates and places to those photographs lacking in descriptive text. Some of the more striking images of the sisters reveal the marked contrasts between the various habits worn during the path to taking and renewing of religious vows. Novices and postulants, new to the religious life, are robed in white while jubilarians, who have celebrated much larger numbers of years in the religious life, don the traditional black and white habits. Don Rutledge, a staff photographer for the news agency that was called Black Star,16 was assigned to photograph missions. His 1959 images of SSF Sisters at various stages of their tenure are exceedingly telling and evocative, as in this group of novices and postulants17 (Fig. 11) seated in front of the Motherhouse at 6509 Chef Menteur Highway in New Orleans East. At far left is Sister Eva Regina Martin, the current Mother Superior, then a studious postulant. Other images offer a rare glimpse of moments of leisure, as in this group of postulants playing a board game (Fig. 12).

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Postulants with board game 1960s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Even beyond the images of the sisters themselves, the images that remain of the SSF and the people that they served more fully realizes the significance of the Sisters’ work and vocation. Numerous photographs depict sisters ensconced by a flock of children in scenes reminiscent of the art historical canon as it relates to Christian iconography. In the courtyard at Orleans Street and other quotidian settings, we also find evidence of the sister’s labor and daily devotions—the laundry set out to dry, the preparations for a meal, and the tending of gardens. Paddio’s scene of a room at Lafon Nursing Home features a poignant suite of empty rocking chairs. While the photograph is devoid of human occupants, their presence is apparent still. Due to the sheer number of rocking chairs present, we may gauge the everyday use of this room and the condition of its inhabitants; the image itself seems to evoke a nearly audible, rhythmic creaking.

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Doris Ulmann Member of the Order of the Sisters of the Holy Family 1931, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Sr .Paul of the Cross Lewis, Sr. M. Prompt Succor Arceneaux with residents, Lafons Nursing Home Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

In Focus: Portraiture and the Sisters of the Holy Family Another key site in piecing together the lives of the SSF, past and present, is by examining the large array of portraits produced of the congregation’s members over the years. In addition to the numerous individual and group portraits completed by Bedou and Paddio, members of the SSF have been photographed much more recently in a series of distinguished portraits produced from 2006-2008 by noted New Orleans-based photographer and entrepreneur Jim Thorns.

(Fig. ?) A.P. Bedou Diamond, Golden and Silver Jubilarians (detail: Sr. Paul) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

In 1931, the Sisters were photographed in New Orleans by Doris Ulmann (1882-1934), the American photographer best known for her portraits of rural Southern communities in the U.S., including Appalachian mountain communities and the Gullah populations of the Sea Islands. Ulmann’s portrait of Sister Mary Paul of the Cross Lewis (______-1977) graces the cover of the 1996 book on Ulmann (Fig. ?), part of the Getty’s In Focus: Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum series of publications on key photographers.18 In the publication, the image title is listed as Member of the Order of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans, December 1931 and does not specifically identify the picture’s subject. Careful study of archival sources provides us with names and identities—those elements that breathe life into historical narrative, rendering it more richly nuanced with personalized relevance and a more comprehensive sense of the members of the SSF. Armed with a name and identity, this leads us to the discovery of materials marking key stages in Sister Paul’s life: a photo of her as Golden Jubilarian (Fig. ?), as Diamond Jubilarian in 1958 (Fig. 20) and, through an undated image at Lafon Nursing Home (Fig. ?), it appears that Sister Paul plays piano. And though these images reveal precious, rare details about the individuals involved, yet they raise numerous questions as well. For example, in the Ulmann portrait of Sister Paul, who decided that she should be photographed 18

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Getty book details_______________. Other photographers in the series include_____________________.

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(Fig. ?) A.P. Bedou Superior General, Mother Philip Goodman, Greeting Novice with Formal Community Greeting, 717 Orleans Street, New Orleans 1940s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

(Fig. ?)

Jim Thorns Sister Bartholomew Joseph 2006, Photographs Courtesy of Jim Thorns

without her glasses, which she clasps firmly in hand? Was it the photographer’s intervention or a form of self-presentation/image construction on the part of Lewis? Still to be explored are the myriad ways that the Sisters themselves have played a role in their own representations, perhaps exhibiting the self-determination that characterizes the history of the SSF, far beyond the control of those who documented them. Ulmann also extensively photographed Sister Marie Eustelle who appears at top, far right in the November 1963 Eaglette newspaper, a publication of Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette. Other images, such as Bedou’s artful depiction of Mother Superior Philip M. Goodman extending a formal community greeting to a novice (Fig. ?), and Jim Thorns’ straightforward and highly compelling portrait of Sister Bartholomew Joseph (Fig. ?) reveal heightened levels of aesthetic proficiency. Along with their pronounced artistry, they document the everyday yet spectacularly fruitful lives of the Sisters of the Holy Family. To further illuminate the relatively obscure lives of these subjects, more details lie in the prodigious amounts of text produced by the Sisters themselves. In the act of writing, and setting down a history, there emerges yet another layer of self-construction for the SSF. An important example of such an initiative is former Superior General Mother Austin Jones (1861-1909) and her drafting of an article (Fig. ?) detailing the establishment and missions of the SSF in the June 1907 issue of Alexander’s Magazine. 19 Mother Jones was the sixth Mother Superior, and served more years than any other Superior General.

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“The Sisters of the Holy Family,” article by Mother Superior Mary Austin Jones, published in Alexander’s Magazine June 1907, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Alexander’s Magazine was_________________

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(Fig. ?)

Moore’s Studio (Lafayette, LA) Graduating Students at St. Paul’s School, Lafayette (with diplomas in hand) 1924, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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LaToye Portraits St. Francis Xavier Royalty, Baton Rouge, LA Photographs Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

SSF Missions Established during the 20th Century The initiatives of the Sisters of the Holy Family during the 20th and 21st centuries speaks to both the enduring quality of many of their institutions and the tremendous efforts involved in their establishment and maintenance. Nowhere can these efforts be made more tangible than in the photographs of students, the elderly, and others who have benefitted from SSF missions in all their diversity and scope. The significance of these sites, and the beauty of what has been accomplished are evident in images like a 1922 photograph of “???????????s” at St. Paul’s School in Lafayette (Fig. ?), an image of St. Francis Xavier Royalty in Baton Rouge (Fig. ?), and in two views of extracurricular activities (basketball team and 1963 Chorus (Fig. ?)) at Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette. Prentiss H. (P.H.) Polk (1898-1984), like Bedou, also worked with Tuskegee Institute. In 1928, he was appointed to the Faculty there, where he remained for fifty years. His daughter Blanche attended Holy Rosary Institute in Lafayette, and gave the 1957 valedictorian address, a moment captured by her father (Fig. ?) Additionally, the presence of the SSF may also be felt in Nigeria, where former Mother Superior Sylvia Thibodeaux spent 18 years in Nigeria, helping to establish the Sisters of the Sacred Heart in Benin City, Nigeria. What motivations beside fervent spirituality have fueled the charitable legacies of the Sisters of the Holy Family? Perhaps the answer lies in the numerous photographs of youths being shaped and polished as they entered adulthood under the care of the Sisters.

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Today, countless individuals owe their accomplishments to a foundation laid by the Sisters of the Holy Family in one of their numerous educational institutions. How might images such as those included here convey the qualities that were exhibited and reinforced by the Sisters over the years: love, devotion, faith, dedication and self-empowerment? In short, what motivations beside fervent spirituality have fueled the charitable works of the Sisters of the Holy Family? Perhaps the answers lie in the faces of youths being shaped and molded as they enter adulthood under the care of the Sisters, or in the solemn dignity of elders whose final days are marked by the peace and solace found in a Holy Family home (Fig. ?). Besides the literal services that they have provided for 165 years, we discern from these images that they have also offered their own corporeal example—a body of women whose exemplary lives attest to the accomplishments of the past and the histories yet to be made. For at the very core of the Sisters’ story is the miraculous proof that anything is possible through an abundance of faith and a surplus of effort.

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Holy Rosay Chorus 1963, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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P.H. Polk Blanche Polk delivering Valedictorian Speech (formerly Karen Marie Polk), Graduation, Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA 1957, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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V. Paddio Lafon Home for the Aged Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Superiors General of the Sisters of the Holy Family

Mother Henriette Delille Foundress 18 42-18 6 2

( LEFT TO RI G HT )

Mother Juliette Gaudin Co-Foundress 18 6 2-18 67

Mother Mary Josephine Charles Co-Foundress 18 67-18 8 2

Mother Mary Magdalene Alpaugh 18 8 2-18 8 8

Mother Mary Cecile Capla

18 8 8 -18 91

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( LEFT TO RI G HT )

Mother Mary Austin Jones 18 91-19 0 9

Mother Mary Elizabeth Bowie 19 0 9 -1918 , 19 3 0 -19 4 6

Mother Mary Sacred Heart Jourdan 1918 -19 24

Mother Mary Eusebia Birmingham 19 24 -19 3 0

Mother Mary Frances Borgia Hart 19 4 6

Mother Mary Philip Goodman 19 4 6 -19 5 8

Mother Marie Anselm Duffel 19 5 8 -1970

Mother Mary Rose De Lima Hazeur 1970 -197 8 : 19 8 6 -19 9 0

Mother Mary Tekakwitha Vega 197 8 -19 8 6

Mother Mary De Chantal St. Julien 19 9 0 -19 9 8

Sister Sylvia Thibodeaux 19 9 8 -2 0 0 6

Sister Eva Regina 2006 -

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In Memorium Henriette Delille (Foundress) N o v e m b e r 16 , 18 6 2

Juliette Gaudin (Co-foundress) J a n u a r y 1, 18 8 8

Sr. M. Alphonse Parker J u ly 7, 187 7

Sr. M. Romain Francois A u g u s t 11, 187 9

Sr. M. Angele James

A p r i l 3 0 , 18 8 2

Sr. M. Rose Johnson

J a n u a r y 3 0 , 18 8 3

Sr. M. Rose Aguiera

D e c e m b e r 5 , 18 8 4

Mother M. Josephine Charles (Co-foundress) May 2 0 , 18 8 5

Sr. M. Suzanne Navarre A p r i l 21, 18 87

Sr. M. Gertrude Corbet Ma r c h 5 , 18 8 8

Sr. Im. Conception Hernandez

F e b r u a r y 2 8 , 18 8 9

Sr. M. of the Angels Livaudais Oc t o b e r 16 , 18 9 0

Mother M. Magdalene Alpaugh N o v e m b e r 9, 18 9 0

Sr. M. Alphonse of Ligouri

S t e p h e n s , Ma r c h 4 , 18 91

Sr. M. Lucy Black

A u g u s t 14 , 18 9 2

Sr. M. of the Presentation

C r e s p o, Ma r c h 31, 18 9 3

Sr. M. Agnes Comes

S e p t e m b e r 4 , 18 9 4

Sr. Margaret Mary Benoit

D e c e m b e r 18 , 18 9 4

Sr. M. Joseph West J a n u a r y 9, 18 9 6

Sr. M. of the Assumption Jacques

Sr. M. Georgia Kittrell

Sr. M. Catherine Walto

Sr. M. Evangelista Jackson

Sr. M. Albert Battiste

Sr. M. Regina Bouregois

Sr. M. Veronica Brown

Sr. M. Helena Plaisance

Sr. Agnes Marie Heedly

Sr. M. Sebastian Victor

Sr. M. Berchmans Mouton

Sr. M. Lucy Dapremont

Sr. M. Rita Mather

Sr. Marie Sellier

Sr. M. Placide Lewis

Sr. M. Dominica Bee

Sr. M. Genevieve Arango

Sr. M. Benedicta Knight

Sr. M. Colombe Cook

Sr. M. Seraphine Gotay

Sr. M. Dorothy Bauman

Sr. M. Josephine Devenson

Sr. M. of the Rosary Landry

Sr. M. Perpetua Rojas

Sr. M. Colletta Peron

Sr. M. Francis Regis Seldon D e c e m b e r 8 , 19 3 2

Sr. M. Monica Small

D e c e m b e r 11, 19 4 5

Sr. M. des Anges Trumbach

Sr. M. of the Blessed Sacrament Brown

Sr. M. Constance Dix

Sr. M. Patricia Roboteau

Sr. M. Catherine Waiters

Sr. M. of the Annunciation Inkly

Mother M. Elizabeth Bowie

Sr. M. of St. Thomas Elliott

Sr. M. Emelie Pierre

Sr. M. Incarnation Montegut

Sr. M. Germaine Gaskin

Sr. M. James Spalding

Mother M. of the Sacred Heart Jourdan

Sr. M. Nativity Landrau

Sr. M. Sylvia Clark

Sr. M. Lydwina Ellis

Sr. Divine Heart Randle

Mother M. Eusebia Birmingham

Sr. M. Clementia Broussard

F e b r u a r y 17, 19 0 5

Sr. M. of the Holy Face Barnette Sr. M. Bonaventure Mano A p r i l 25 , 19 0 8

Sr. M. Bernard Bacon

A p r i l 19, 18 9 9

S e p t e m b e r 25 , 18 9 9

Sr. M. Ursule Mollot

F e b r u a r y 15 , 19 0 0

Sr. M. Emmanuel Thompson

Ma r c h 5 , 19 0 0

Sr. M. Theodosia Blanchard May 5 , 19 0 0

Sr. M. of the Visitation Proe J u ly 5 , 19 0 2

Sr. M. Francis Harison S e p t e m b e r 3 0 , 19 0 2

J a n u a r y 3 , 19 3 0

F e b r u a r y 1 2, 19 0 9

Sr. M. Christine Andino

Ma r c h 19, 19 31

F e b r u a r y 5 , 1911

Sr. M. Frederica Broaster

Ma r c h 1, 191 2

Sr. M. Edmund Ogaldez A u g u s t 31, 191 2

Sr. M. Eugenia Benoit

S e p t e m b e r 11, 19 3 2

Oc t o b e r 31, 19 3 2

A p r i l 2 6 , 191 3

A p r i l 2 8 , 191 3

J a n u a r y 3 , 1914

J a n u a r y 2 3 , 19 3 3

J a n u a r y 24 , 19 3 3 J a n u a r y 27, 19 3 3

Sr. M. Gregory Embry

May 25 , 1914

Sr. M. Aloysius Jackson

J u n e 4 , 19 3 3

A u g u s t 17, 1914

Sr. M. Agatha Lind

Sr. M. of the Presentation Gardiner

Sr. M. Matthew Aguero

Sr. M. John Baptista Rigaud

Sr. M. Gertrude Manuel

Sr. M. of Lourdes Gray

Sr. M. of the Passion Toussaint

Sr. Anna Maria Synigal

Sr. M. St. Stanislaus Benoit

Sr. M. Michael Nelson

Sr. M. Pascal Eaglan

Sr. M. of the Assumption Narcisse

A u g u s t 2 6 , 1914

D e c e m b e r 3 0 , 1915

J u n e 8 19 3 3

A u g u s t 2 2, 19 3 4

D e c e m b e r 31, 1915

F e b r u a r y 16 , 19 3 5

J a n u a r y 2 0 , 1916

Oc t o b e r 3 , 19 3 5

F e b r u a r y 17, 1916

Sr. M. Bernard Deggs

Sr. M. Agatha Gardiner

May 3 , 19 2 9

Mother M. Austin Jones

Oc t o b e r 2 0 , 1916

Sr. M. Veronica Gougisse

J u ly 17, 19 27

N o v e m b e r 2, 19 0 8

F e b r u a r y 17, 1916

J a n u a r y 2 3 , 18 9 6

A u g u s t 7, 19 2 6

F e b r u a r y 2 3 , 19 0 5

Sr. Im. Conception Ollier J a n u a r y 2 3 , 18 9 6

May 1 2, 19 2 6

Oc t o b e r 14 , 19 3 5

J u ly 1, 19 37

Sr. M. Loyola Ruiz

N o v e m b e r 2 6 , 19 4 5

F e b r u a r y 4 , 19 4 6 Ma r c h 9, 19 4 6

Oc t o b e r 3 , 19 4 6

J a n u a r y 5 , 19 47 Ma r c h 1 3 , 19 47

A p r i l 2 8 , 19 47

Sr. M. Cornelius Turnbull A u g u s t 2 9, 19 47

Sr. M. Clare Brangier

Oc t o b e r 19, 19 47

Sr. Consuella Marie Ricard

F e b r u a r y 10 , 19 4 8

Sr. M. Vincent de Paul Mendes

A u g u s t 2 2, 19 4 8

Sr. M. Magdalen Baumann May 16 , 19 4 9

J u n e 2 8 , 19 5 8

A u g u s t 1 3 , 19 5 8

A u g u s t 19, 19 5 8

A u g u s t 21, 19 5 8

Oc t o b e r 24 , 19 5 8

J a n u a r y 18 , 19 5 9 A u g u s t 6 , 19 5 9

Ma r c h 5 , 19 6 0 Ma r c h 7, 19 6 0

Mother M. Philip Goodman S e p t e m b e r 10 , 19 6 0

Sr. M. Mark Malveaux D e c e m b e r 19, 19 6 0

Sr. M. Eveline Ducloux J a n u a r y 3 , 19 61

Sr. M. Joseph Mouton J a n u a r y 9, 19 61

Sr. M. Joachim Spalding A p r i l 1 3 , 19 61

Sr. M. Francis de Sales Battiste

Sr. M. Winifred Miles

Sr. M. Camille Gardiner

Sr. M. Alexis Eaglan

Sr. M. Bernard Lawrence

Sr. Margaret Mary Kuylen

Sr. M. Victory Harris

Sr. M. Bernadette Elbach

Sr. M. Barbara Ray

Sr. M. of the Blessed Sacrament Decoine

Sr. M. Anastasia Raymond

Sr. M. Ambrose Darby

Sr. M. Lawrence Aubry

Sr. M. M. of Grace Marks

Sr. M. Celestine Stephens Oc t o b e r 14 , 19 5 4

Sr. M. Neri Alexis

N o v e m b e r 25 , 19 6 4

Sr. St. Francis of Assisi Ewing

Sr. M. Loretta Pradon

Sr. M. Theresa Margaret Richards

Sr. M. Augustin Jacob

Sr. M. Edwina Benitez

Sr. Stephanie Marie Mitchell

Sr. M. Jerome Parham

Sr. M. Peter Claver Wilson

Sr. M. Rosalie Rojas

Sr. M. Hyacinth Entralgo

May 2 3 . 19 3 9

J u n e 5 , 19 3 9

J a n u a r y 2 0 , 19 4 0

F e b r u a r y 5 , 1919

J u n e 27, 19 4 0

N o v e m b e r 19, 19 4 0

J u ly 7, 19 2 2

Sr. M. Imelda Green

Sr. M. Mt. Carmel Laporte J a n u a r y 2, 19 2 3

F e b r u a r y 25 , 19 41

Sr. M. of the Ascension Decoud

Sr. M. Angela Fontenot

A p r i l 2, 19 41

Oc t o b e r 2 6 , 19 0 2 Sr. M. Prompt Succor Alexander Sr. M. Fabian Eaglan F e b r u a r y 14 , 19 24 Ma r c h 11, 19 0 3 Sr. M. Gabrielle Richard A p r i l 8 , 19 24 Sr. M. Joachim Preval Ma r c h 2 6 , 19 0 3 Sr. M. of St. Stephen Fortier A u g u s t 17, 19 25 Sr. M. Clothilde Shelly N o v e m b e r 18 , 19 0 4 Mother M. Cecilia Capla

Sr. M. Philomene Peron

J u n e 8 , 19 41

A u g u s t 19, 19 41

D e c e m b e r 5 , 19 25

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N o v e m b e r 21, 19 4 5

Oc t o b e r 3 0 , 19 57

Sr. M. Anita de Leon

D e c e m b e r 3 0 , 19 2 3

Sr. M. Germaine Fremore

A u g u s t 2 2, 19 4 5

J u n e 16 , 19 57

Sr. M. Scholastica Goudie

Sr. M. Anne Fazende

Sr. M. Isidore Lavalais

Ma r c h 31, 19 4 5

May 9, 19 57

Sr. M. Angela Mitchell

J a n u a r y 19, 1919

Ma r c h 31, 19 2 0

A u g u s t 8 , 19 4 4

A p r i l 4 , 19 57

Sr. M. Angelique Jacobs

A u g u s t 18 , 19 3 8

Sr. M. Euphrasia Beaty

Sr. M. Theresa Collar

J u ly 2 3 , 19 4 4

J a n u a r y 1 3 , 19 57

Sr. M. John Charles

Oc t o b e r 24 , 1916 May 2 9, 1917

A u g u s t 18 , 19 4 3

J a n u a r y 7, 19 57

Sr. M. Francis of Assisi Vienne

Sr. M. de Chantal Simmons Sr. M. Innocente Sebastiana

J u ly 11, 19 42

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A p r i l 18 , 19 42

May 11, 19 5 0

F e b r u a r y 6 , 19 5 2 May 1, 19 5 2

J u ly 2 2, 19 5 2

A p r i l 27, 19 5 3

May 2 8 , 19 5 3

N o v e m b e r 2 2, 19 5 3

D e c e m b e r 19, 19 5 4

A p r i l 2, 19 5 5 May 2 2, 19 5 6

D e c e m b e r 2 8 , 19 5 6

A p r i l 21, 19 61

D e c e m b e r 7, 19 61

A p r i l 4 , 19 6 2

May 25 , 19 6 2

Oc t o b e r 6 , 19 6 2

Ma r c h 1 2, 19 6 3 J u ly 2 3 , 19 6 4

N o v e m b e r 25 , 19 6 4

J a n u a r y 2 3 , 19 6 5

S e p t e m b e r 1, 19 6 5

Ma r c h 3 0 , 19 6 6


Sr. M. Theresa Peed

Sr. M. William Sampson

Sr. M. Elaine Vavasseur

Sr. M. Anastasia Placide

Sr. M. Guadalupe Metoyer

Sr. M. Esperance Collins

Sr. M. Annunciata Malveaux

Sr. M. Ann Julie Burney

Sr. M. Dorothy Jones F e b r u a r y 18 , 19 9 6

D e c e m b e r 7, 2 0 0 4

Sr. M Clotilde Mouton

Sr. M. Dionysia Graves

Sr. M. Ignacita Marcelin

Sr. Marie Petra Simms

Sr. Helen Cuillier

Sr. M. Frances Gonzales

Sr. M. Juanita Young

Sr. M. Alicia Martin

Sr. M. Petronilla Broussard

Sr. M. Theodosia Caldwell

Sr. M. Mathilda Edwards

Sr. M. Cecilia Green

Sr. M. Fortunata Domingue

Sr. M. Martha Rogues

Sr. M. Christopher Foy

Sr. M. Felicitas Richard

Sr. M. Benigna Jones

Sr. Audrey Marie Detiege

Sr. M. of Nazareth Doublet

Sr. M. Francis Paula Guillory

Sr. M. Pauline Nichols

Sr. M. Cyrilla Eaglin

Sr. M. Elodie Williams

Sr. M. Ann Sampson

A p r i l 14 , 19 6 6

Sr. M. Inez Soler

J u ly 18 , 19 6 6

Sr. M. Hilarion Schuman N o v e m b e r 19, 19 6 6

Sr. M. Martina Green

F e b r u a r y 2, 19 67

Sr. M. Andrew Owens A p r i l 19, 19 67

Sr. M. Grace Maria Brown

A u g u s t 3 0 , 19 67

N o v e m b e r 6 , 19 67

F e b r u a r y 19, 19 6 8 N o v e m b e r 6 , 19 6 8

Sr. M. Raphael Angela Malveaux J u n e 2 3 , 197 8

Sr. M. Jane Frances Evans S e p t. 2 0 , 197 8

Sr. M. Anacleta Bernard

D e c e m b e r 18 , 197 8

Sr. M. Geraldine Therese Fruge

F e b r u a r y 2, 197 9 S e p t e m b e r 15 , 197 9

Oc t o b e r 2 3 , 197 9

D e c e m b e r 7, 197 9

F e b r u a r y 24 , 19 81

Oc t o b e r 16 , 19 8 8

N o v e m b e r 2 9, 19 8 8

F e b r u a r y 25 , 19 8 9 A p r i l 5 , 19 8 9

A p r i l 17, 19 8 9

May 19, 19 8 9

J u n e 11, 19 8 9

A u g u s t 6 , 19 8 9

J a n u a r y 5 , 19 9 6

J a n u a r y 2 3 , 19 9 6

A p r i l 2 0 , 19 9 6

J u n e 21, 19 9 6 J u ly 25 , 19 9 6

S e p t e m b e r 27, 19 9 6

D e c e m b e r 2 6 , 19 9 6

J u ly 14 , 2 0 0 4

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Sr. Catherine Jones

D e c e m b e r 31, 2 0 0 4

January 4, 2005

J a n u a r y 15 , 2 0 0 5

January 28, 2005

F e b r u a r y 11, 2 0 0 5

Sr. Helen Simms

S e p t e m b e r 10 , 19 8 9

J a n u a r y 9, 19 97

F e b r u a r y 27, 2 0 0 5

Sr. M. Jules Johnson

Sr. M. Justin Jolivet Oc t o b e r 9, 19 97

Sr. Dolorita Menard

Oc t o b e r 7, 19 8 9

Sr. M. Brenda Pratt

Sr. Michael Marie Aguet

Sr. Marie Juliette Richards

Sr. M. Bernadine Stanford

Sr. Marie Therese Calvey

Sr. M. of Lourdes Palao

Sr. M. Simplicia Arrindell

Sr. Marguerite Marie Ledet

N o v e m b e r 9, 19 8 9

Oc t o b e r 17, 19 97

Sr. M. Adrian Johnson

Sr. M. Theophane Sorrell

Sr. M. Fabian Chantlin

Sr. M. Charles Borromeo Hernandez

Sr. M. Lydia Lawes

D e c e m b e r 10 , 19 8 9

J a n u a r y 3 , 19 9 8

Sr. M. Boniface Adams

Sr. M. Adeline Gardiner

Sr. M. Teresita Adams

F e b r u a r y 2 8 , 19 9 0

J a n u a r y 3 , 19 9 8

Sr. M. Joseph Francis Garland

Sr. M. Elise Stelly

Sr. M. Felix Alamilla

May 1 2, 19 9 0

D e c e m b e r 3 , 19 9 8

Sep tember 8, 2005

Sr. M. Ruperta Llorens

Sr. M. Emily of Jesus Perez D e c e m b e r 6 , 19 9 8

Sr. Winifred Mary Hayes

Oc t o b e r 9, 19 9 0

D e c e m b e r 21, 19 6 8

J a n u a r y 2, 19 6 9

J a n u a r y 4 , 19 6 9

J u n e 25 , 19 6 9

Sr. M. Francis Xavier Ambroise

A p r i l 2 0 , 19 81 J u n e 2 3 , 19 81

D e c e m b e r 2 8 , 19 81

J a n u a r y 8 , 19 8 2

Sr. M. Agatha Thompson A u g u s t 2 6 , 19 8 2

Sr. Marie Benedict Lyman

A p r i l 1, 2 0 0 5

June 30, 2005

J u ly 8 , 2 0 0 5

S e p t e m b e r 7, 2 0 0 5

Sr. M. Jean Carter

F e b r u a r y 5 , 1971

F e b r u a r y 24 , 19 8 3

Sr. M. Consuella Mistrice

Sr. M. Julia Arceneaux

F e b r u a r y 24 , 1971

Ma r c h 2 0 , 19 8 3

Sr. M. Agnes Frankson

Sr. M. Pascal Henry

Sr. M. Lorene LeBlanc

Sr. M. Joseph Xavier Meikle

A p r i l 2 2, 19 91

Ma r c h 19, 19 9 9

Sr. Miriam of Jesus Chastang

Oc t o b e r 3 , 1971

May 3 , 19 8 3

Sr. M. Josepha Jones

Sr. M. Victoria Vavasseur

Sr. Immaculate Conception Provost

Sr. M. Dolores Shreyer

A p r i l 2 9, 19 91

May 1 2, 19 9 9

Sr. Marie Anselm Duffel

Sr. Rose Marie Fontenette

Sr. Anna Mary Aubry

Sr. M. Stanislaus Sampson

May 1 3 , 19 91

J u ly 27, 19 9 9

Sr. M. Theodora Jolivet

Sr. M. Demetria Williams

Sr. Miriam Joseph Wilderson

Sr. M. Gertrude Narcisse

J u n e 25 , 19 91

A u g u s t 10 , 19 9 9

Sr. M. Louisette Desalle

Sr. M. Barnabas Barriere

Sr. M. Marcia Bellow

Sr. M. of the Rosary Heisser

Ma r c h 7, 19 9 2

N o v e m b e r 18 , 19 9 9

Sr. M. de Sales Oliver

Sr. M. Gilbert Whiting

Sr. M. Edward Vincent Dugue

Sr. M. Virginia Dinelli

A p r i l 25 , 19 9 2

Ma r c h 2 9, 2 0 0 0

Sr. M. Bartholomew Joseph

Sr. M. of Good Counsel Bastian

Sr. Anna Marie Richard

Sr. M. Kostka Leslie

May 2, 19 9 2

December 6, 2000

Sr. M. John Berchmans Taylor

Sr. M. Anne Elizabeth Allen

Sr. Miriam Paula Eaglin

Sr. M. Norbert Lyons

J u ly 2 2, 19 9 2

J a n u a r y 7, 2 0 01

Sr. M. Jeanette Lazare

Sr. M. Edward Callico

Sr. Helen Marie Pradier

Sr. Clement Marie Leroy

S e p t e m b e r 18 , 19 9 2

J a n u a r y 8 , 2 0 01

Sr. Dorothy Marie Stuart

Sr. Angelica Marie Durio

Sr. M. Gervase Blase

Sr. Marie Lucille Dix

S e p t e m b e r 2 0 , 19 9 2

J a n u a r y 8 , 2 0 01

Sr. M. Edith Brinkley

Sr. M. Mount Carmel Stelly

Sr. M. Eucharia Mott

Sr. M. Immaculata Butler

D e c e m b e r 3 0 , 19 9 2

J u n e 19, 2 0 01

Sr. M. Angele McKnight

Sr. Antonia Maria Olmos

Sr. M. Romana James

Sr. M. Carmelita Martinez

J a n u a r y 24 , 19 9 3

N o v e m b e r 2 2, 2 0 01

Sr. M. Paulette Fontenette

Sr. M. Aurelia Chevalier

Sr. Marietta of Jesus Jolivet

Sr. M. Damian Llorens

F e b r u a r y 8 , 19 9 3

D e c e m b e r 14 , 2 0 01

Sr. Sienna Marie Braxton

Sr. M. Joanne Coleman

Sr. M. Clarisse Broyard

Sr. M. of the Visitation Fernandez

Ma r c h 31, 19 9 3

J u ly 21, 2 0 0 2

Sr. M. Eleanor Gillett

Sr. M. Rosetta Butler

Sr. Agnese Elayne Lafayette

A u g u s t 2, 19 9 3

S e p t e m b e r 2 9, 2 0 0 2

Sr. Marie Francine Thomas

Sr. M. Amadeus Fuentes

Sr. Elydia Marie Francis

S e p t e m b e r 6 , 19 9 3

May 2, 2 0 0 3

Sr. M. Mildred Cooper

Sr. M. Malachy Blair

Sr. M. Gabriella Guidry

J a n u a r y 27, 19 9 4

A u g u s t 2, 2 0 0 3

Sr. M. Providencia Cruz

Sr. M. Helena Jones

Sr. M. Genevieve Respress

Ma r c h 27, 19 9 4

S e p t e m b e r 15 , 2 0 0 3

Sr. Barbara Marie Francis

Sister M. Loyola Mitchell

Sr. M. Martin Michael

N o v e m b e r 2 0 , 19 9 4

April 5, 2004

Sr. M. Raymond Green

Sr. M. Carlotta Bourne

F e b r u a r y 1, 19 9 5

April 26, 2004

Sr. M. Leo Jackson

Sr. M. Imelda Joseph

F e b r u a r y 9, 197 2

Sr. Marie Louis Goodman A p r i l 15 , 197 2

Sr. M. Eulalia Edwards

J u ly 2 0 , 197 2

Sr. M. Euphrasia Dumas J a n u a r y 25 , 197 3

Sr. M. Beatrice Flowers F e b r u a r y 19, 197 3

Sr. M. Alfrida Barrow A u g u s t 21, 197 3

Sr. M. Alphonsus Kirton D e c e m b e r 17, 197 3

Sr. M. Aloysius Saavedra May 2 9, 1974

Sr. M. Hildegard Neely J u ly 21, 1974

Sr. Florence Marie Aguet N o v e m b e r 11, 1974

Sr. M. Celine Lawrence J a n u a r y 5 , 197 5

Sr. M. Alphonse Liguori Bennings

J u ly 15 , 197 5

Sr. M. John Bosco Charles N o v e m b e r 2 0 , 197 5

Sr. M. Ursula Davis

F e b r u a r y 4 , 1976

Sr. M. Juliana Comeaux Ma r c h 11, 1976

Sr. M. Thaddeus Condoll S e p t e m b e r 16 , 197 7

Sr. M. Paul of the Cross Lewis D e c e m b e r 3 0 , 197 7

Sr. M. Fidelis Osborne J a n u a r y 1 3 , 197 8

Sr. M. Christina Shockency

J u ly 2 2, 19 8 3

Oc t o b e r 15 , 19 8 3

D e c e m b e r 5 , 19 8 3

D e c e m b e r 2 9, 19 8 3

N o v e m b e r 11, 19 8 4

F e b r u a r y 2 3 , 19 8 5 A p r i l 2 9, 19 8 5

Oc t o b e r 5 , 19 8 5

Ma r c h 5 , 19 8 6 May 31, 19 8 6

D e c e m b e r 10 , 19 8 6

Ma r c h 1 2, 19 87

May 5 , 19 87

Sr. Maris Stella Gordon J u n e 8 , 19 87

Sr. M. Emerentia Scorza J u ly 7, 19 87

Sr. M. Matthew Ross F e b r u a r y 2, 19 8 8

Sr. M. Corona Malveaux May 24 , 19 8 8

Sr. M. Joan of Arc Fondal J u n e 2 9, 19 8 8

Sr. M. Francis Borgia Hart S e p t e m b e r 15 , 19 8 8

D e c e m b e r 2 8 , 19 9 5

N o v e m b e r 24 , 2 0 0 5

December 8, 2005

D e c e m b e r 24 , 2 0 0 5

February 8, 2006

F e b r u a r y 19, 2 0 0 6 J u n e 14 , 2 0 0 6

J u ly 6 , 2 0 0 6

Sep tember 6, 2006

Oc t o b e r 5 , 2 0 0 6

Oc t o b e r 8 , 2 0 0 6

Oc t o b e r 17, 2 0 0 6

December 3, 2006

F e b r u a r y 2, 2 0 07 A p r i l 1 3 , 2 0 07

J u n e 18 , 2 0 07

A u g u s t 1 2, 2 0 07

S e p t e m b e r 3 0 , 2 0 07

D e c e m b e r 3 , 2 0 07

F e b r u a r y 1 2, 2 0 0 8

J u n e 21, 2 0 0 4

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Missions of the Sisters of the Holy Family 1

St. Bernard Convent (See Nos. 3, 6, 8)

2

St. Bernard Home for the Elderly (Association of the Holy Family) (See also Nos. 11, 35)

28

St. Francis Xavier, Madisonville

19 0 0 –19 6 4

18 47–

29

St. Nicholas School, Houston

19 0 5 –197 2

30

Lafon Home for Boys, Gentilly Highway

19 0 6 –19 6 5 19 07–19 6 4

3

Convent Residence, Motherhouse, 172 Bayou Road (See also Nos, 6, 8, 28)

18 5 0 –18 81

31

St. Katherine Elementary (See also No. 14)

4

Holy Family School on Bayou Road (See also No. 6)

18 51–18 8 8

32

St. Dominic School – under Josephites (See Nos. 15, 22)

5

Free School at 631 Dauphine Street

18 5 4 –

33

Immaculate Conception School

6

Motherhouse and School on Chartres Street, St. Mary’s School opened (See also Nos. 8, 55, 27, 30)

18 6 7–18 81

34

St. Paul School, St. John St.

191 2 –

35

Holy Family Boys’ School, St. Ann & Bourbon

191 3 –

36

Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette

191 3 –

18 81–19 5 5

37

Holy Redeemer School, San Antonio

18 6 5 –

38

Sacred Heart School, Ames, TX

18 8 5 –

39

Holy Family Boys’ School, St. Bernard St.

18 9 2 –

40

Holy Ghost School, Opelousas

7

Louisiana Asylum for Girls, Bayou Road and Tonti (See also Nos. 9, 24, 33)

8

Orleans Street, 717, Motherhouse purchased St. Mary’s Academy also, 1881 – 1965

9 10

26

18 4 2 –18 5 2

St. Augustine School, Donaldsonville St. John Berchmans Girls’ Asylum (Bourbon and Orleans Streets) (See also Nos. 7, 24, 33)

1876 –

11

Boys’ School, Orleans Street (Reopened 1915)

12

St. John Berchmans Orphanage, Bourbon & Orleans

18 91–

13

Old Folks Home moved to Tonti and Bayou Road (Renamed Lafon Home. Men admitted), See also Nos. 2, 35

18 9 2 –

18 91–18 9 4

19 07– 19 0 9 –19 0 9

1914 –19 81 1914 – ??? 19 2 0 –

41

St. Francis Xavier School, Julia St.

42

Holy Family Mission, Appalachicola, FL

19 21–19 6 8

43

St. Francis of Assisi School, Breaux Bridge

19 21–1974

44

Notre Dame Seminary

19 2 3 –19 8 2

45

St.Benedict the Moor, Napoleonville

19 2 3 –19 6 5

46

St. Joan of Arc School (Name changed) (See Nos. 21, 15)

47

Zimmerman Institute, Tulmonville, AL

48

All Saints, Algiers

49

Holy Cross School, Corpus Christi, TX

19 2 6 –19 2 8

50

St. John Berchmans Girls’ Home, Gentilly Boulevard, Se also Nos. 7, 9

19 27–19 6 9

51

Our Mother of Mercy

19 2 919 6 7

52

Lafon Boys’ Home, Chef Menteur Hwy.

19 3 3 –19 6 6

53

St. Augustine School, Klotzville

19 3 4 –19 6 4

54

Immaculate Heart of Mary School

14

Holy Family Boys’ School, Orleans St.

18 9 2 –19 8 0

15

St. Bernard School opened in vacated St. Bernard Home

18 9 2 –19 2 5

16

St. Maurice School opened on Hancock Street

18 9 2 –19 21

17

Lafon Home for Boys, St. Peters and Derbigny (See also No. 20.)

18 9 3 –

18

St. Louis School, Cambronne Street (See also No. 21, renamed St. Dominic, 1907, No. 22, renamed St. Joan of Arc, 1923)

18 9 3 –

19

Lafon Old Folks Home, Tonti & Gov. Nicholls

18 9 3 –

20

Men admitted to Lafon Old Folks Home

18 9 5 –

55

Archbishops Residence, New Orleans

19 2 0 –

19 2 3 – 19 24 –19 2 9 19 2 5

19 3 4 – 19 3 5 –19 87

21

Holy Family Academy, Baton Rouge

18 9 5 –

56

St. Monica School, Tulsa, OK

19 3 9 –

22

Holy Family School, Mandeville

18 9 6 –19 5 9

57

St. Raymond Elementary School

19 4 0 –

23

Sacred Heart School, Stann Creek

18 9 8 –197 7

58

19 4 2 –

24

Holy Family School, Madisonville

19 0 0 –19 6 4

Our Lady of Grace, Reserve (High School closed 1966)

25

St. Peter School, Pne Bluff, Arkansas

19 01–1911

59

St. Catherine of Siena School

26

St. Joseph School, Lafayette

60

Christ the King School, Bellevue

19 4 2 –19 8 9

27

Holy Rosary Day School

61

Holy Family Mission, Covington (High School closed 1966)

19 4 3 –19 6 6

19 0 3 191 3 –197 9

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Holy Rosary, Galveston c. 1921-28, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Young Ladies Altar Society, Stann Creek, British Honduras 1913, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Holy Family Academy, Baton Rouge September 18, 1883, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Sylvia Thibodeaux conducting class with Sister of the Sacred Heart in Benin, Nigeria Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Holy Spirit School, Marshall, TX

19 4 5 –

98

St. Mary’s Academy Boarding Dept.

63

Our Lady Help of Christians, Bastrop

19 4 5 –19 8 9

99

Lafon Nursing Home, Chef Menteur Hwy.

64

Holy Ghost School, Marksville

19 4 6 –

10 0

Pastoral Services Begun, Okmulgee, OK

65

St. Paul the Apostle, New Orleans

19 47–

101

St. Joseph School, Opelousas

1974 –

66

St. Peter Claver Public Elem., Grand Coteau

19 47–19 6 9

10 2

Our Lady of Victory, Compton, CA

1974 –

67

St. Peter Claver High School, Grand Coteau

19 47–197 3

10 3

Began Assist. In Est. Native Community, Nigeria

197 5 –

68

Immaculata Seminary, Lafayette

19 4 8 –197 7

10 4

Ecumenical High School

69

St. Martin de Porres School, Lake Providence

19 4 8 –19 61

10 5

Began Summer Sessions, Central America

1976 –

70

St. JudeThaddeus Day Nursery

19 4 8 –19 6 3

10 6

Louisiana Asylum for Girls, Hosp. And Tonti St.

1976 –

71

Holy Angels School, Pomona Valley

19 5 2 –197 7

107

St. John Berchmans Child Develop. Ctr.

197 7–

72

Austin High School

19 5 2 –197 5

10 8

19 8 0 –

73

The Martyrs of Uganda, Okmulgee

19 5 3 –19 5 6

Increased Catechetical Srv-Summer,Wkends, Southland, U.S.A.

74

St. Ann’s Hatchery, New Orleans

19 5 3 –19 8 0

10 9

St. John Berchmans Manor Apartments

19 8 2 –

75

Holy Family Motherhouse, Chef Menteur Hwy.

110

Delille Inn Apartments for the Elderl

19 87–

111

Corpus Christi Parochial Elementary

19 87– 19 87–

19 5 5 –

197 2 – 197 3 – 197 3 –197 9

197 5 –197 5

76

Sacred Heart Elementary, Slidell

19 5 8 –19 6 6

11 2

Christian Enrichment Program, Belize

77

Delille Junior College

19 5 8 –19 6 8

11 3

19 8 8 –

78

De Lisle Junior College, New Orleans

19 5 9 –19 6 8

Holy Ghost Parochial Elem., New Orleans

79

St. Albert School, Compton

19 6 2 –

114

Christopher Homes Apts, New Orleans

19 8 8 –

80

Regina Coeli High School, Compton

19 6 2 –

115

Christian Youth Enrichment, Dandriga, Belize

19 8 8 –

81

St. Augustine Parochial Elementary, New Orleans.

19 6 4 –19 6 7

116

Holy Redeemer Parochial Elem.,Wash., D.C.

19 8 9 –

82

Holy Ghost School, Commerce St.

19 6 4 –197 8

117

19 8 9 –

83

St. Joseph School, Tulane Ave.

19 6 4 –19 6 6

St. Martin Manor Apts. for Seniors, New Orleans

84

St. Martin de Porres School, Davant

19 6 4 –19 6 6

11 8

Holy Ghost Parochial Elementary

19 8 9 –

85

St. Mary’s Academy, Chef Menteur Hwy. (See also Nos. 6, 8)

119

Immaculate Conception, Tulsa, OK

19 8 9 –

120

Associates of Sisters of the Holy Family est.

19 9 0 –

86

Holy Family Cathedral School

19 6 6 –19 8 3

1 21

19 9 0 –

87

Exchange Program of Teachers , Sisters of Holy Family and Seton Hill

19 6 7–197 9

Flint-Goodridge Apts. For Seniors, New Orleans

122

19 91–

88

St. Gerard School

19 6 8 –19 81

N.O. Archdiocesan Religion Program, St. Jude

89

Lafon Early Childhood Center, See also No. 20

19 6 9 –

123

Marian Central Middle School, New Orleans

19 9 6 –

90

St. Joseph School

19 6 9 –

124

Memphis Catholic High and St. Augustine Elem.

2000 –

91

Opelousas Catholic (Merger of H.G.S. and A.I.C.)

1970 –

125

Lake Providence Mission, Lake Providence, LA

20 02–

92

Special Urban School Program, Roxbury, MS

1970 –197 5

1 26

Henriette Delille Middle School, New Orleans

2004–

93

Ascension Catholic

1971–

94

Holy Family Interparochial School, Hopkins St.

1971–

95

St. John Berchmans Child Development Center, See also Nos. 2, 11

197 2 –

96

St. Philip Neri School

197 2 –

97

Annunciation School

197 2 –1974

19 6 5 –

Post-Katrina

1 27

Sisters Teaching in Public Schools, Alexandria, LA

2005 –

128

Our Lady of Prompt Succor Elem., Alexandria, LA

2005 –

129

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Elem., Shreveport, LA

2005 –

130

Sacred Heart, Ville Platte, LA

2005 –

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A Selected Chronology 18 4 2

Sisters’ first foundation, November 21. The Sisters housed aged women. The Sisters lived on St. Bernard Street, between Villere and Marais for three weeks. Then they moved to Bayou Road between St. Claude and Rampart Streets.

18 6 0

Six members made up the Community: Henriette, Julette, Josephine, Suzanne, Romain and Ann.

18 61

Civil War Began.

18 6 2

Anxiety and distress aggravated Mother Henriette’s pleurisy. She died November 17. Mother Juliette became Superior General New Orleans was captured.

18 6 3

Marie Jeanne Aliquot died.

18 6 6

Pere Rousselon died. Father Gilbert Raymond, Vicar General, was appointed spiritual director.

The Motherhouse, the cradle of the foundation, was established on Bayou Road. Rules, written by Pere Rousselon, received informal sanction from Archbishop Blanc. Care of old people and the instruction of the slaves comprised the Sisters’ chief occupation.

18 4 3

Catechism classes were conducted for adults and children.

18 47

Formal recognition was given to the Old Folks Home.

18 6 7

Free men and free women of color formed the Society of the Holy Family to give the Sisters moral and financial support.

A novitiate was established on Chartres Street. Sister Josephine designed a habit for the Sisters.

187 2

St. Bernard’s Home for the Aged on St. Bernard Street was purchased by “La Societe de la Sainte Famille.”

The Sisters were permitted to wear the Habit designed by St. Josephine.

1874

It took the Sisters four days to get to Opelousas, Louisiana. They traveled by boat and stage coach.

18 6 7

St. Mary’s School opened in a building on Chartres Street between Peace and Esplanade. Boarders were admitted and advanced grades were added to the curriculum.

1874

St. Joseph’s School in Opelousas was opened.

187 5

Novices took over the house work in Opelousas. Novitate was moved to Opelousas and remained there until 1881.

1876

The Rules were formally approved by Archbishop Perche. Mother Josephine was selected Superior General. The Sisters took charge of the Louisiana Asylum for Girls. Mr. Roudanez, its director, resigned. The sisters were asked to operate the Louisiana Asylum for Girls on Tonti and Hospital Streets.

187 7

First public Religious Reception of the Holy Habit took place in St. Mary’s Chapel on Chartres Street.

18 81

For one month, the Sisters worked to make 717 Orleans Street habitable. They moved in on October 4. The Orleans Ballroom on Orleans Street was purchased. It served as a Motherhouse, Novitate, and Academy for resident and day pupils. Father Raymond moved to Opelousas. The spiritual direction of the Sisters was given to the Jesuits.

18 8 2

Mother Magdalen was elected Superior. She introduced the white veil for the novices. Holy Family Academy closed. St. Mary’s Academy became a secondary school.

18 8 5

A stable was partitioned as living quarters for the Sisters. The other half was reserved for its original use, in the early beginnings of Donaldsonville. Holy Family Academy was opened in Baton Rouge. St. Augustine School was opened in Donaldsonville, LA. Mother Josephine died.

18 4 9

The Society of the Holy Family helped the Sisters to build a home for the aged, The Hospice of the Holy Family, dedicated June 6.

18 5 0

Sisters purchased the house on Bayou Road. Juliette, Josephine and Suzanne continued the work while Henriette was studying about religious life in Convent, Louisiana.

18 51

A school was opened for free girls of color, on Bayou Road. Juliette was in charge. Henriette made her novitiate with the Madames of the Sacred Heart in Convent, LA, located in St. James Parish. The convent on Bayou Road was remodeled. Boarders were taken in and taught sewing, embroidery, and rudimentary education. The Sisters prepared First Communion classes for St. Mary’s and St. Augustine’s Churches. Water works were connected and the Streets around Bayou Road were paved. During the 1850’s another school was opened on Dauphine Street. It was called The Asylum of the Holy Family. It was a free school for the ophans who were taught the rudiments of education. The school was also used to teach religion to the slaves.

18 5 2

Henriette, Juliette, and Josephine pronounced first vows in St. Augustine Church, October 15. They exchanged their blue percale dress for a black one. They wore a black bonnet.

18 5 3

The Sisters cared for patients during the yellow fever epidemic. Children were left homeless by this pestilence, thus the Sisters cared for the orphans. The Sisters depended on Divine Providence. And when there was no money nor provisions, help came unexpectedly and when it was most needed.

18 5 4

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Several new candidates came, but they found the life too austere and left.

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Rules were approved by Archbishop Leray. These rules were written in French, Spanish, and English.

18 8 8

Mother Juliette died. Mother Cecile was elected Superior General. Archbishop Jannsens was installed. Bayou Road School closed.

18 8 9

Faranta Circus caught fire. The Blessed Sacrament was saved by Mother Magdalen. Miraculous incident of St. John Berchman’s picture. After having been thrown down and stomped on during the fire, it did not break. Father Gerlach, S.J. attributed his vocation to St. John Berchman’s miracle picture. The Sisters purchased the adjoining lot on the corner of Orleans and Bourbon Streets. The lot was rented to Faranta Circus.

18 9 0

Mother Magdalen died.

18 91

Mother Austin was elected Superior General.

18 9 0

Construction began on St. John Berchmans’ Asylum on Orleans and Bourbon Streets.

18 91

A Boys School was opened on Orleans Street.

18 9 2

The fiftieth anniversary of the foundation was celebrated. A High Mass was sung by Reverend J. Bogaeirts, Vicar General. Father Garbely was appointed Chaplain. Donations received from Thomy Lafon for a home for boys. St. John Berchmans’ Orphanage was dedicated. The Old Folks Home was transferred from St. Bernard Street to Tonti and Hospital Streets. St. Bernard School opened on St. Bernard Street. St. Maurice School opened on Hancock Street.

18 9 3

At this time, the Sisters’ work extended to all parts of the City. Lafon Home for Boys, located on St. Peter Street between Claiborne and Derbigny, was dedicated. St. Louis School opened on Cambronne Street.

18 9 4

Mother Austin’s hand was crushed in the laundry mangle. Later it was restored to normal condition. Boys School, on Bourbon and Orleans, closed.

18 9 5

Father Raymond was appointed Chaplain at the Old Folks Home. An addition for men became a part of the Old Folks Home on Tonti and Hospital Streets. Holy Family School opened in Mandeville, LA.

18 9 6

A summer residence for the Sisters and a vacation place for novices was purchased in Mandeville, LA. Holy Family School opened in Mandeville, LA.

18 97

First recitation of the Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Sisters aided the sick during the Yellow Fever Epidemic in New Orleans. At Archbishop Janssen’s death, Archbishop Chapelle’s administration began.

18 9 8

Sisters arrive in Stann Creek, British Honduras, on Palm Sunday, after a four days’ voyage. Sacred Heart School in Stann Creek, British Honduras was established. Father Philip Keller, editor of “The Colored Man’s Friend,” a periodical for school support, became a faithful friend of the Sisters.

18 9 8

Sacred Heart School in Stann Creek, British Honduras was established. Holy Rosary, and industrial and boarding school, was started in Galveston, TX.

19 0 0

The Sisters were housed in a disused Post Office when they first arrived in Madisonville, LA. St. Francis Xavier School in Madisonville, LA was opened.

19 01

Four Sisters were appointed for missionary work farther North. St. Peter’s Industrial School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas began.

19 0 3

The ring, given at final profession, was conferred for the first time. The Rules were translated from French into English. Assiduous help was given by Father Widman, S.J. An old store became the Sisters’ home in Lafayette. St. Joseph’s School in Lafayette, LA established.

19 0 5

Immaculate Conception Convent, later became St. Nicholas School, in Houston, TX was staffed by the Sisters.

19 0 6

Archbishop Blenk began his term as head of the See of New Orleans. Mother Austin purchased 123 acres of land in the Gentilly area, for $10 an acre.

19 07

Besides school work, the Sisters distributed mail and did other Post Office work in Palmetto, LA. Immaculate Conception School was opened in Palmetto, LA (Lebeau). St. Katherine’s School, located on Tulane Avenue was begun.

19 0 8

Lafon Home for Boys, located on Gentilly Road, was dedicated.

19 0 9

Mother Austin died. Mother Elizabeth was appointed by archbishop Blenk to complete the term. Mother Elizabeth was elected Superior General the following summer. Immaculate Conception School in Palmetto, LA was closed. St. Louis School on Cambronne was renamed St. Dominic under the auspices of the Josephite Fathers.

1911

St. Peter’s Industrial School, Pine Bluff, Arkansas closed.

191 2

Summer Normal School started. St. Joseph’s School in Lafayette, LA became St. Paul’s School, under the direction of the Holy Ghost Fathers.

191 3

Holy Rosary Industrial Institute, a continuation of the Galveston project, opened in Lafayette, LA

1914

Holy Redeemer School, San Antonio, TX opened. Sacred Heart School, later Our Mother of Mercy, opened in Ames, TX.

1915

There was a fire in the Sundry, beneath the chapel, on Orleans Street. An infirmary was completed at the corner of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets. The School for Boys reopened on St. Ann and Bourbon Streets.

1917

The Diamond Jubilee of the foundation was celebrated. Archbishop Blenk died. Archbishop Shaw was appointed Church leader.

1918

Mother Sacred Heart was elected Superior.

1919

St. Joseph’s School in Opelousas became Holy Ghost School, under the direction of the Holy Ghost Fathers. Holy Family Academy, Baton Rouge became St. Francis Xavier, under the direction of the Josephite Fathers.

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19 2 0

Holy Family School in Apalachicola, Florida opened.

19 21

The Sisters of Charity from Seton Hill, Pennsylvania, began conducting Summer School on Orleans Street.

19 4 6 (cont.)

The Sisters at All Saints’ in Algiers moved into their Convent. Holy Ghost School in Marksville, LA opened.

St. Francis of Assisi School in Breaux Bridge, LA started.

19 2 2

19 2 3

Monsignore Hume was appointed Spiritual Director.

Our Lady Help of Christians in Bastrop, LA began.

Chant and ceremonies proper to the Little Office were introduced.

19 47

Attempts were made to reorganize the Rules for Papal Approbation.

19 4 8

St. Peter Claver School was opened in Grand Coteau, LA.

St. Dominic’s School was renamed St. Joan of Arc.

St. Martin School in Providence, LA opened.

Mother Eusebia was elected Superior General.

19 4 9

”Holy Family Center” classes of Xavier University taught at Motherhouse by Seton Hill Sisters of Charity.

19 5 0

Mother Philip and St. Raymond presented the revised edition of the Holy Rule to the Office of the Sacred Congregation in Rome.

St. Francis of Assisi School in Breaux Bridge was transferred to the Josephite Fathers’ care.

The Sisters received more degrees, diplomas, and certifications which permitted increasing establishment of schools and institutional departments.

St. Bernard School on St. Bernard Avenue closed.

Scholarships and university studies increased widely: from Xavier 1928 and Seton Hill 1943 to nationwide attendance from 1950 on.

Apostolic Delegate, His Excellency Most Reverend Pietro Fumasoni Biondi visitd the Motherhouse. All Saints’ School in Algiers began.

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Holy Cross School in Corpus Christi, TX was staffed by the Sisters.

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St. John Berchman’s Girls Home was opened on Gentilly Road.

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Zimmerman Memorial in Pritchard, Alabama closed.

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Superior General and Novice Mistress annually attended the series of conferences on Sisters’ Institute of Spirituality held at Notre Dame University.

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The Congregation received recognition by the Holy See and became a Papal Institute. Holy Angels School in Pomona, Belize opened.

Holy Cross School in Corpus Christi, TX closed.

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Mother Elizabeth was elected Superior General for a second time.

19 5 3

Our Mother of Mercy School in Houston, TX opened.

19 3 3

Lafon Boys Home, on Gentilly Road, was destroyed by fire.

19 3 4

Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Lafayette, LA opened.

19 3 5

Dedication of Lafon Home for Boys. Archbishop Rummel took charge of the Church in New Orleans.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Motherhouse, August 15. First Holy Family Day held.

The Community had 152 professed Sisters, 10 novices, and five postulants.

Austin High School in Dangriga, Belize opened.

19 5 4

The Cornerstone of the new Motherhouse was placed by Archbishop Rummel, June 10. The stone reads: “To the Divine Honor and Glory.”

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The new Motherhouse was dedicated on the feast of the Holy Family, in January.

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The first General Chapter was convoked. Mother Marie Anselm was elected Superior General.

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St. Monica’s School in Tulsa, Okalahoma opened.

Decrees of the First General Chapter were published.

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St. Raymond School, located on Paris Avenue in New Orleans, opened.

A study of the format of Community Prayers was begun.

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The Centennial of the foundation was observed by three days of celebration, with Masses held in St. Louis Cathedral.

Delisle, a junior college, opened at the Motherhouse.

Our Lady of Grace School in Reserve, LA founded. Christ the King in Bellevue, LA began.

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Holy Family Mission in Covington, LA opened.

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St. Mary’s Academy became affiliated with the Catholic University of America.

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A study for the change of Habit was also put into operation. Sacred Heart School, in Bayou Vincent, Slidell, LA was opened.

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Mother Philip died, September 10. St. Francis Xavier School in Mandeville closed.

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Sisters changed into a modified Habit.

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Centennial of Mother Henriette’s death.

Holy Spirit School in Marshall, TX started.

Local Superiors began annual attendance at series on Spirituality and Leadership at Notre Dame University.

Mother Elizabeth died.

Vatican Council II created new directions for the Community.

Mother Borgia was appointed General Superior by Archbishop Rummel.

St. Albert the Great Elementary and Regina Caeli High School in Compton, California were staffed by the Sisters.

Mother Philip was elected Superior.

St. Francis Xavier Parish in Baton Rouge dedicated the new Convent.

Mother Philip’s sister, St. Marie Louise, was elected Mother Assistant.

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A drive was opened for the construction of a new Motherhouse. Superior General and Formation Director annually attended courses in Canon Law, under Canonist Joseph Gallen, S.J.

Zimmerman Memorial School was opened in Pritchard, Alabama.

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Mother Eusebia died.

St. Benedict the Moore School was opened in Bertrandville, LA. St. Augustine School was begun in Klotzville, LA.

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The Community consisted of 263 professed Sisters, 22 novices, and one postulant.

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St. Martin School in Lake Providence, LA closed.


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Second General Chapter held. Mother Marie Anselm re-elected.

1970 (cont.)

Chapter approved the establishment of the Holy Family Alumni Association.

Holy Redeemer School in San Antonio, TX consolidated with St. Gerard School.

The first copy of CONTACT was issued.

St. John Berchmans’ Orphanage for Girls closed.

Principals’ Association was formed.

Holy Ghost School in Opelousas, LA merged with Immaculate Conception School, the resulting school’s c-hange of name, Opelousas Catholic.

Archbishop Rummel died. The Orleans Street property was sold for $675,000.00. The Holy Family Alumni Association was established in Los Angeles, California.

1971

Holy Ghost School in Dangriga, Belize opened. St. Francis Xavier School in Madesonville, LA closed.

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Community Spiritual Renewal Team organized and effected.

Archbishop Hannan came to New Orleans.

St. John Berchmans Child Development Center occupied the former Girls’ Home. Construction began on a new Lafon Home of the Holy Family.

The new St. Mary’s Academy, located on Chef Menteur Highway, was dedicated.

Holy Family Alumni Association became a national organization. New chapters were formed.

St. Monica Elementary School in Tulsa, Oklahoma consolidated with Holy Family School.

Ugandi Martyr in Okmulgee, Oklahoma opened.

St. Catherine of Siena in Donaldsonville, LA closed.

St. Nicholas Elementary School in Houston closed.

Lafon Boys’ Home closed.

Sisters staffed St. Philip Neri School in Houston.

St. Martin de Porres School in Davant, LA closed.

Two Sisters taught at Annunciation in Houston.

The Community began a self-study. First alumni Homecoming held at SMA and Motherhouse.

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The new chapters were added.

The Holy Family Alumni contributed significantly in helping to finance the New Lafon Nursing Home.

Our Mother of Mercy in Ames, TX closed.

Okmulgee Pastoral Services began in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Our lady of Grace High School in Reserve, LA closed.

Sisters withdrew from St. Peter Claver High School in Grand Coteau, LA.

The Covington High School and the Slidell elementary school closed. The exchange program between the Sisters of the Holy Family and the Seton Hill Sisters of Charity integrated faculties in New Orleans, Alexandria, Lafayette, LA and also in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

St. Francis of Assisi School in Breaux Bridge closed.

1974

Chapter document, Growing in God’s Love published. Holy Family Sisters staffed Our Lady of Victory School in Compton, CA.

St. Nicholas High School in Houston, TX closed. Special Renewal Chapter opened.

The Community sent Sisters to help establish a novitiate in Benin City, Nigeria, Africa.

The Constitution was studied and its updating begun. The Habit changed.

The First National Holy Family Alumni Convention was held in Opelousas.

The Sisters began to pray the Divine Office. Full-time Apostolate Committee was formed and functioned.

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This committee studied the needs of the Congregation and coordinated the apostolic endeavors of the Community.

Austin High School in Dangriga, Belize merged with Ecumenical High.

Holy Spirit and St. Joseph Elementary schools in Marshall, TX consolidated. Fourth General Chapter convoked. Mother Rose de Lima Hazeur was elected Superior General. Interim Constitutions and Book of Procedures published. Superior General defined Community’s position on participation in integrated schools. Limited experimentation permitted in Community living. An Alumni National Director was appointed.

Alumni Association sponsored Holy Year Pilgrimage to Europe. Many Sisters attended. Opelousas Chapter celebrated the Centennial of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Opelousas.

Holy Family School in Appalachicola closed.

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Fifth General Chapter convoked. Mother Rose de Lima Hazeur re-elected Superior General.

St. Augustine School in New Orleans closed.

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Residents from the Old Folks Home on Tonti Street were moved to the new Lafon Nursing Home of the Holy Family, August 23. The dedication of the Home was October 21.

St. Benedict the Moor School consolidated with St. Augustine in Klotzville, LA.

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Handbook for Teachers and Directors of Schools Conducted by the Sisters of the Holy Family distributed to the schools.

St. Katherine School in New Orleans closed. Sisters began annual Fruit Cake Drive.

19 6 6

Holy Family Sisters served in the National Office of Black Catholics in Washington, D.C. The Sisters served in the Archdiocesan and Diocesan Offices of Education in New Orleans, Lafayette, Oklahoma City, and Houston.

The Sisters staffed St. Augustine School in New Orleans, the site of the early foundation.

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Sisters entered the special Urban school Program at Roxbury, Massachusetts. They served from 1970-1975.

1976

Community-wide Congress held. Sisters attended mini-courses in theology and psychology of the religious life. Bishop Joseph Francis, and alumnus of St. Paul, Lafayette, presided at the closing of the three-week Congress on “Bishop Francis Day.” The Community published Violets In The King’s Garden, by Mother Borgia, the Congregation’s history.

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Institute on Consecrated Life began, directed by Dominican priests. Lafon Nursing Home of the Holy Family’s debt amortized. St. Mary’s Academy built a fine arts building and named it Juliette Memorial. A new wing for Lafon Home of the Holy Family was begun. Sisters withdrew from Immaculata Seminary in Lafayette, LA. The National Holy Family Alumni Convention was held in Los Angeles.

19 8 5

Holy Family Alumni celebrated its 21st anniversary at the National Convention in Los Angeles.

19 8 6

Eighth General Chapter convoked. Mother Rose de Lima Hazeur was elected for another term as Superior General. Chapter document, Witnessing God’s Love, published. Delille Inn, apartments for the elderly, constructed. Our Lady of the Pines Chapel of St. Mary’s Academy dedicated.

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Sunday Mass at the Motherhouse televised for public viewing. Superior General attended the National Catholic Conference on Interracial Justice in Boston, and in St. Louis. The invitation came from Cardinal Law.

Sixth General convoked. Mother Tekakwitha Vega elected Superior General. Spirituality programs sponsored: Evangelization, Spiritual Discernment, and an Institute on the Consecrated Life. Renovation programs continued. The Sisters withdrew from Holy Angeles in Pomona, Belize. Revised Constitutions submitted to the Sacred Congregation for approval. The exchange program ended. Holy Rosary School in Galveston closed. Sisters withdrew from Holy Ghost School in Dangriga, Belize. Sisters withdrew from Uganda Martyr in Okmulgee, Oklahoma.

Superior General attended the Black Bishop’s Summit Conference in preparation for the National Black Catholic Conference in Washington, D.C.

Pope John Paul II visited New Orleans. The Community took an active part in the preparations and the presentations. A multi-purpose room, financed by the Community, was added to Delille Inn. Sisters staffed Corpus Christi School in New Orleans.

19 8 8

The Cause for the Canonization of Mother Henriette Delille was opened in Rome. The letter giving permission to publicize and to seek miracles was received July 1. Monsignor Clinton Doskey was appointed Postulator. Five Sisters attended the beatification of Mother Katherine Drexel.

The Sacred Congregation completed the study of the Constitutions. It complimented the Congregation on the quality of the document. Sisters gave increased services through summer and weekend catechetical classes. Sisters withdrew from Ascension Catholic School in Donaldsonville, LA.

While in Rome, Mother Rose spoke to our Holy Father about SSF and the Cause of Mother Henriette.

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Sisters withdrew from St. Gerard School in San Antonio, TX.

Delille Inn dedicated April 19.

19 8 2

Seventh General chapter convoked. Mother Tekakwitha Vega re-elected Superior General. Chapter document, Our Living Response to the Living God, published. Directives of Educational Procedures for the Sisters of the Holy Family published by the Principals’ Association and Supervisors. St. John Berchmans Manor opened. The building was dedicated in 1982. Sisters discontinued their services at Notre Dame Seminary.

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Henriette DeLille, by Sr. Audrey Marie Detiege, the life of the foundress was also published. Both of the above publications were funded by the Holy Family Alumni. Sisters perform summer services in Dangriga, Belize; Panama, and Guatemala.

She and the Sisters also had a conference with Cardinal Felici, Prefect of the Congregation of the Canonization of Saints, relative to Mother Henriette. The Sisters hosted the Consortium Perfectae Caritatis Inc., held at the Clarion Hotel.

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Booklets by St. Boniface on the Community and the life of Mother Henriette were distributed. A revised and updated Manual of Prayers was also distributed during the Congress. A revised and updated book, Statistics of the Congregation, was distributed. A Memory Book was also given to the Sisters during the Congress. A Memorial Plaque for our Deceased Sisters was erected at St. Louis Cemetery Number Two. The Plaque was blessed on March 19.

Rome-approved Constitutions and Directory of the Sisters of the Holy Family was distributed to the Sisters on Founder’s Day, November 21. A video made of the ceremony recorded this event. Sisters withdrew from Holy Family Cathedral School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sisters withdrew from Holy Family Cathedral School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mother Teresa of Calcutta visited the Motherhouse. She spent the night and assisted at morning Mass with the Sisters. A video of the history of the Community was placed for viewing in the Afro-American Pavillion, during the World’s Fair in New Orleans.

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The Second-Community-Wide-Congress was held, July 1-15.

Sisters were withdrawn from: Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA; Christ the King, Bellevue, LA; and Our Lady Help of Christians, Bastrop, LA. Sisters were assigned to: Holy Redeemer School, Washington, D.C.; Holy Ghost School, New Orleans; Immaculate Conception School, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Pastoral Ministry, St. Augustine Parish, Tulsa, OK. Archbishop Hannan was replaced by Archbishop Francis Schulte.

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Dr. Rudolph Detiege was selected to prepare a definitive biography of Henriette Delille.


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The Henriette Delille Guild began February 23 under the direction of Sister M. de Chantal St. Julien, then Superior General.

2000 (cont.)

- Banners hung on the lamp posts along Chef Menteur and the Sisters’ property.

Annual Memorial Mass; Each November, near the anniversary of Henriette Delille’s death on November 17, 1862, the memorial Mass is celebrated.

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19 9 5

Sister Eva Regina Martin began working on the Delille family genealogy. She was instrumental in finding relatives, especially those from Mexico.

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Archbishop Francis B. Schulte presented Henriette Delille’s Cause to the Bishops of the United States at their annual meeting. The Archbishop also pointed out that Henriette Delille is the first native-born African American whose cause for canonization has been officially opened.

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- A larger-than-life Delille painted on the front wall, facing Chef, of Delille Inn.

Father Cyprian Davis, OSB was commissioned by the Sisters of the Holy Family to draft a history of Henriette Delille. A permanent exhibit was set up at St. John Berchmans Child Development Convent; using the banners and displays designed for the celebration of the Sesquicentennial of the Sisters of the Holy Family, an exhibit honoring Henriette Delille and the Sisters of the Holy Family was organized on the second floor of the Convent.

- Commemorative patches worn on the sleeve or pocket of students taught by Sisters of the Holy Family at their numerous missions. Henriette Delille prayer cards were printed in English, Spanish, French, and Vietnamese and finalized for distribution.

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Dedication of Place de Henriette Delille, November 17 at the entrance of the St. Louis Cathedral garden on Royal and Orleans Street by Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes. It is significant that it is placed near the old Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family.

Henriette Delille was one of the plaques, enamel on copper, by Ruth Goliwas, dedicated by Archbishop Schulte, at the Courtyard of Saints of St. Angela Merici Church in Metairie, LA. Monsignor Crosby Kern was pastor.

Students in Dillard University’s Communications Department, under the direction of Dr. Laura Rouzan, spent one semester researching and studying Henriette Delille. It ended with a panel discussion by the Sisters, a film by one of the students, and the viewing of Lifetime’s Courage to Love. The Sisters received a modern portrait of Henriette Delille by Vernon Dobard. This portrait was a gift from the Josephite Fathers. Father Robert Kern was Superior General.

The Guild changed its name to Friends of Henriette Delille and a new coordinator, Sister Doris Goudeaux, is appointed. Sister Sylvia Thibodeaux, SSF, Dr. Virgina M. Gould and Dr. Charles Nolan attended the Papal Mass. Sister Sylvia presented the Holy Father with a copy of Henriette Delille, Servant of Slaves by Drs. Gould and Nolan. This memorable trip helped further the Cause for Canonization.

A new group of Friends was inaugurated December 30, in Nigeria West Africa by Sir David Osunde and his family. Official signs gave names to the streets around the Motherhouse. The front entrance was named Mother Henriette Delille Boulevard.

Stage production of John DeMers’ Servant of Slaves starring Carol Sutton. Increasing publicity re: Henriette Delille and the cause for canonization. The Sisters of the Holy Family held a booth at the NCEA Convention in New Orleans to promote devotion to Delille and to sell memorabilia celebrating her life and work. Two sessions at the National Library Association were devoted to Delille. The Jubilarians used Henriette’s prayer and image on their memory cards, thus exposing her to thousands. A statue of Henriette Delille in the Garden of Saints at St. Mary’s Church, together with statues of other holy women who evangelized in New Orleans, was blessed and dedicated. The Lifetime movie, Courage to Love, which tells the story of Henriette Delille, starring Vanessa Williams, aired. Controversy surrounded this project, but the film introduced a broader audience to Delille’s life. Relatives of Henriette Delille from Mexico visited the Sisters at the Motherhouse. They were the fourth generation of Judith Delille, daughter of Jean Delille, brother of Henriette Delille. A special Eucharistic Celebration to honor Mother Henriette Delille was held in Opelousas, Louisiana. Father Fitzpatrick was the celebrant. Henriette’s relatives from Mexico attended the Mass and visited with some of the relatives from Frilot Cove and surrounding areas.

2000

Publication of No Cross, No Crown, Black Nuns in Nineteenth Century New Orleans by Sister Bernard Deggs, SSF, co-edited by Drs. Virginia M. Gould and Charles Nolan, and published by The University of Indiana Press in late September. Monsignor Kenneth Hedrick placed a portrait of Mother Henriette Delille in the vestibule of St. Louis Cathedral.

Publication of the groundbreaking text entitled Henriette Delille: Servant of Slaves by Drs. Charles Nolan and Virginia M. Gould.

19 9 9

- Erection and dedication of a bronze historical marker placed on the neutral ground in front of the Motherhouse on Chef Menteur Boulevard.

Plaque placed at the entrance of the sanctuary in St. Augustine’s Church honors Henriette Delille, Juliette Gaudin, and Josephine Charles and commemorates their vow day; Father Jerome Ledoux, SVD was pastor. The Sisters parade to the cemetery to visit the tomb of Henriette Delille. The photograph of this parade was used for many promotional purposes.

2002

A group, based in Los Angeles, CA, called French Creoles, challenged the Sisters of the Holy Family by saying that the Sisters were misrepresenting Henriette Delille’s ethnic background by identifying her as African American.

2003

This same group quoted directly from the book, Henriette Delille, Servant of Slaves, written by Nolan and Gould, and claimed the material as their own. In response, legal counsel was consulted and The Sisters of the Holy Family sued the French Creoles for violation of intellectual property rights.

2004

All SSF Mission schools hold Henriette Delille Days and the students pray the prayer daily. Additionally, a newsletter was first published in 1992. It continues today as Servant of the Poor, on a quarterly basis. This is an additional way to spread devotion to Henriette Delille.

Other relatives of Henriette Delille from California come to visit the Sisters and to seek information about their ancestry. A diverse group forms to honor Delille by participating in the following: - Attendance at the Annual Memorial Mass.

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Exhibition Checklist Henriette Delille c. 1852, Photograph, 40” x 30” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

“Succession of Marie Josephine Diaz” Dated March 30, 1847, Legal document, Reproduction Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Louis Cathedral 1852, Drawing

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Mary Ellen Jones (youth image with cross in hand) Inscription: “Mother Austin” c. 1880s, Photograph

Portrait of A.P. Bedou Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou L’Association de la Ste. Famille Inscription: “To Mother Superior,” and signed “Bedou, N.O. La.” c. 1891, Photograph, Unframed: 11” x 14”

Cover of brochure for St. Mary’s Academy c. 1900

Courtesy of the Clarion Herald

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Juliette Gaudin Photograph

Holy Family Academy, Baton Rouge September 18, 1883, Photograph

St. John Berchmans Orphanage, 7 33 Orleans (with Mother Superior Austin Jones in back row, to the right of pole at left) 1893, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Manual de Devotion A La Saint Vierge Publication signed by Juliette Gaudin inside front cover

Holy Rosary School in 1886 (Galveston, TX) 1886, Photograph

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Josephine Charles Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Rev. P.H. L. Keller, Pastor, Holy Rosary, Galveston,TX, 1888, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Augustine Church c. 1890s, Photograph

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archbishop Antoine Blanc Reproduction

St. John Berchmans Asylum for Girls c. 1890, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Thomy Lafon c. 1870s, Photograph, 14” x 11”

Mother Superior Mary Austin Jones c. 1890s, Photograph

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

New Orleans Waterfront with St. Louis Cathedral in background c. 1850

Lafon Asylum of the Holy Family (for the elderly) c. 1890s, Photograph

Historic New Orleans Collection

Lease signed by Henriette Delille for Hospital St. between Bourbon and Royal Streets November 18, 1859, Reproduction Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Obituary for Henriette Delille, Le Protagateur Catholique Tuesday, November 22, 1862 Reproduction , Photograph, 10” x 8” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Undertaker’s Bill from P. Casanave, New Orleans for Henriette Delille services 1862, Reproduction Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleanss

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Mother Austin Jones with Flower Girls 1904, Photograph

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Father Etienne Rousselon Reproduction

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Louis Charles Roudanez c. 1879, Photograph Reproduced from R. L. Desdunes, Nos Hommes et Notre Histoire

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Excerpt from Journal of Sister Mary Bernard Deggs c. 1894, Reproduction Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Letter to SSF Mother Superior from Susan B. Anthony dated Dec. 29, 1897, Reproduction

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A.P. Bedou Music Room at St. Mary’s Academy (with portrait photograph of Mother Superior Mary Austin Jones hanging at left) c. 1900, photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A. P. Bedou St. Mary’s Academy Boarders’ Dormitory, 717 Orleans Street 1900, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A. P. Bedou Staircase of Sisters of the Holy Family Convent at 717 Orleans Street 1900, Photograph

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A Group of Sisters Arriving in Belize, Central America (left to right: Sisters Marie Louise, Mary Florence, Miriam of Jesus, Mary of Lourdes and Mary Cecilia) c. late 1890s, Photograph

A. P. Bedou Passageway from the front entrance to St. Ann Street, Sisters of the Holy Family Convent at 717 Orleans Street 1900, Photograph

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Plaiting the Straw, SSF Mission in Belize (Inscription on back: From left to right: Florence Walton (East Indian), Lucy Caliz (Carib), Amelia K., Rosita Alvarez (Carib)) c. 1900, Postcard

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A. P. Bedou Postulants, 717 Orleans Street, New Orleans 1900, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Flower Girls, Dangriga (Belize) Photograph

A. P. Bedou “Convent of the Holy Family, once famous as the Orleans Ballroom, over 100 years old, New Orleans, LA,” c. 1900, Postcard

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. John Berchmans Orphanage 733 Orleans (Convent 717 at right) Photograph

Students with Sister Rita, Brother Cecile and Sister Bernadette, St. Francis Xavier School, Baton Rouge, LA 1890, Photograph

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Under the Persimmon Tree (Holy Rosary Institute) c. 1910, Photograph

717 Orleans Street, Former Motherhouse of Sisters (children in front) Photograph

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Postcard for Bourbon Orleans Hotel (Inscribed on back: “The Bourbon Orleans Hotel, newest in the French Quarter, is located at Bourbon and Orleans Streets. The Hotel has 250 luxurious rooms and suites. The rooms are decorated in French, Spanish and Creole motifs. Entertainment nightly in Planters Lounge. Home of Quadroon Ballroom” c. 1960s, Postcard

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. John Berchmans (Sister Nativity with children), 733 Orleans c. 1890s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Motherhouse Chapel, 717 Orleans St. c. 1900, Photograph

The Willing Workers c. 1906-1909, Photograph

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Dining Room for Boarders at St. Mary’s Academy c. 1900

“The Sisters of the Holy Family,” article by Mother Superior Mary Austin Jones, published in Alexander’s Magazine June 1907, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A. P. Bedou Students at Writing Lessons, St. Mary’s Academy 1900, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A. P. Bedou Sisters of the Holy Family Group Portrait 1900, Photograph, Unframed: 11” x 11¾” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Chapel, Sisters of the Holy Family Convent at 717 Orleans Street, Mother Austin’s Silver Jubilee 1900, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Garden, 1890, Sisters of the Holy Family Convent at 717 Orleans Street 1900, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sacred Heart School, Belize 1908, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Young Ladies Altar Society with Mother Borgia, Stann Creek, British Honduras (Belize) 1913, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Theresa Collar c. 1913-14, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

The Colored Man’s Friend A Quarterly Publication in the Interest of an Institution for the Religious and Industrial Education of Colored Children, Lafayette, LA. April 1914, Vol. 18, No. 2 Reproduction Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Joseph’s School, Opelousas, LA February 1914, Photograph

“St. Mary’s Academy for Young Ladies and Girls, Directed by the Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans, A.P. Bedou, Photographer and Publisher, New Orleans, LA c. 1900, Reproduction of Brochure

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Historic New Orleans Collection

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Joseph Convent, Lafayette 1903-12, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A. Simon’s Studio (Sisters Mathilda, Francis Borgia and Gilbert) c. 1900, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Sister Eusebia Birmingham and unidentified Sister c. 1904-5, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Sister M. Eusebia Birmingham c. 1904-5, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Joseph Schnetzer Sisters of the Holy Family with Sisters of Charity of Greensburg, PA early 1920s, Photograph, Unframed: 11” x 14”

Sisters of the Holy Family with Sisters of Charity of Greensburg, PA early 1920s, Photograph, Framed: 17 ¾” x 21” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Holy Rosary School, Galveston, TX c. 1921-28, Postcard Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sisters of the Holy Family (seated) attending classes with Sisters of Charity of Greensburg, PA (standing) (Text on left chalkboard: “Sightsinging,” and on right chalkboard: “Summer Normal, N.O. La, 1922) 1922, Photograph Framed: 17 ½” x 21 ¼” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Eucharia Mott n.d., Photograph

St. Francis of Assisi Church, Breaux Bridge 1920s, Photograph

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St. Francis of Assisi Convent, Breaux Bridge, 1922, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Elementary School and Palmer Graduates, St. Paul’s School, Lafayette, LA, 1922, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Moore’s Studio (Lafayette, LA) St. Paul’s Church, Interior, Lafayette, LA 1924, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

First High School Graduates of St. Paul’s-1925-Consuella Alexis Malveaux and Irene Jacquet with Principal Sr. Mary Borgia 1925, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Paul’s School, Lafayette, LA 1930, Photograph

V. Paddio Lafon Home for the Aged (Rocking Chairs) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

V. Paddio Lafon Home for the Aged (Laundry Scene) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

V. Paddio Dressed Up and Ready for the Weekly Outing , Lafon Home for the Aged (with Sisters Michael, Therese, Charles, Celestine) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

V. Paddio Jubilarians (Srs. Anastasia, Des Anges, Visitation, Dolores,Francis and Emerentia) Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Paul’s Church, Lafayette, LA 1930, Photograph

V. Paddio Chapel, Lafon Home for the Aged Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. John Berchmans Orphanage (Sister Leo and Children), 2710 Gentilly Boulevard, New Orleans photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

V. Paddio Lafon Home for the Aged Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

V. Paddio Lafon Home for the Aged (Residents with Sisters Consuella Mistrice and Michael Nelson, along with Rev. James Furlong) 1920s, Photograph

Sister Paul of the Cross Lewis (at piano) and Sister M. Prompt Succor Arceneaux with residents at Lafon Home for the Aged Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

V. Paddio Sister Francis with Orphan Boys at Lafon Boys Home Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

V. Paddio Dining Scene, Lafon Home for the Aged Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Lafon Boys Home (Gardening Scene) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Postulant in Bridal Gown (Sister Camillus Durald) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Postulant in Bridal Gown (Sister Jules Johnson) Photograph

V. Paddio Dining Scene, Lafon Home for the Aged Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Joseph School,Opelousas, LA 1926, Photograph

V. Paddio Lafon Home for the Aged Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Father Fitzpatrick and Sister Divine Heart with Graduates, Holy Rosary, Galveston, TX May 26, 1927, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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High School Graduates, Class of 1927, St. Paul’s High School, Lafayette, LA (Left to right: Zoe LeBlanc, Richard Malveaux, and Gladys Mouton) 1927, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. John Berchmans Girls Doing the Butterfly Dance, New Orleans 1930, photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Selections from Sister Mary Francis Borgia Hart, Violets in the King’s Garden: A History of the Sisters of the Holy Family of New Orleans (B.A. thesis, Xavier University, 1931; rev. and repr., New Orleans: privately printed, 1976). Reproductions courtesy Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Doris Ulmann Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans 1931, Eight Photographs

A.P. Bedou Altar Bread Department Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Band of Postulants on the Circular Stairway, 717 Orleans St. 1945, Photograph

A.P. Bedou Chemistry Class Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Golden Jubilarians 1945 Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Novices and Postulants in the Garden, 717 Orleans St (from Bottom, left to right: Srs. Timothy, Marie George, Brenda, Denise, Zita, Leonard, Romuald, Innocente, Miss Joseph, Audrey Marie, Anacleta, Isidore and John Bosco) 1945, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Miss Marcelle Rousseve (Sister Theresa Vincent Rousseve) c. 1934, Photograph

A.P. Bedou Diamond, Golden and Silver Jubilarians (Seated: Sr. Loretta (Golden), Sr. Anastasia (Diamond), and Sr. Paul; Standing: Sr. Immaculate Conception (Silver), and Sr. Jules (Silver) Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Postulants 1937-38, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Postulant in Bridal Gown (Mary Sybil Mott/Sr. M. Eucharia Mott) March 19, 1938 Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Preparation for Mass in Theater, followed by catechism classes, with Sister Fidelis, Sister Bertrand and Father Ledoux 1940s, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Silver Jubilarians in the Old Habit (Standing: Sr. Raymond, Sr. Martha; Seated: Sr. M. Good Counsel) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Novices 1953-54, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Special Dance on Stage Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Students Celebrating Marian Devotion Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Superior General, Mother Philip Goodman, Greeting Novice with Formal Community Greeting, 717 Orleans Street, New Orleans 1940s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Novices at Study Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Novices and Postulants in Motherhouse Chapel on Orleans Street Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

717 Orleans St., Sister M. Immaculate Conception Prevost (washing sidewalk) 1940s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Gilbert Whiting and Class, our Mother of Mercy Church, Houston 1946, Photograph

LaToye Portraits St. Francis Xavier Royalty, Baton Rouge, LA Photographs Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Francis Xavier Convent, Baton Rouge, Interior Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Eucharia Mott, Tulsa, Oklahoma, St. Monica’s School 1940s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Lafon Orphan Boys Grouped around Mother Elizabeth after giving a program for her Jubilee in 1945 1945, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Monica’s “Saints” Football Team, St. Monica’s School, Tulsa, Oklahoma 1948, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

A.P. Bedou Golden and Silver Jubilarians 1951, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Father Millet, Sister Aquinata and Helen Caillier with class (Eighth grade graduating class of 1953, St. Peter Claver, Grand Coteau, Lafayette, LA) May 31, 1953, photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Golden Jubilee of Mother Philip Goodman 1956, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister M. Clare of Assisi Pierre 1956, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sisters of the Holy Family Shield Ink on paper, Framed size: 25” x 36”

A.P. Bedou Reception Ceremony Held at the Motherhouse on 717 Orleans Street (postulants in bridal dress) Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

V. Paddio Jubilarians (Standing: Sisters des Anges, Visitation, Delores, Frances and Emerentia; Seated: Sister Anastasia (Golden) Photograph

P.H. Polk Blanche Polk delivering Valedictorian Speech (formerly Karen Marie Polk), Graduation, Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA 1957, Photograph

A.P. Bedou Jubilarians 1944, Photograph

A.P. Bedou A Scene from a Play Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Chandler Studio, St. Paul’s School, Lafayette, First Grade, with Sister M. Teresita Adams April 1946, Photograph

A.P. Bedou Brides of Christ Photograph

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Sister Esther Marie Estero and Sister Tekakwitha Vega, Postulants in 1945 1945, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

T h e N e w O r l e a n s A f r i ca n A m e r i ca n M u s e u m o f A r t, C u l t u r e a n d H i s t o r y

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

The Queen and her Court, St. Joan of Arc School, New Orleans Photograph

P.H. Polk Graduation, Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA, 1957, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sisters at Immaculate Heart of Mary 1940s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans


P.H. Polk Graduation, Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA 1957, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

P.H. Polk Graduation, Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA 1957, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Basketball team, Holy Rosary Institute Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Golden Jubilarians of 1958, 1958, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Flower Girls, Attendants to the 1958 Jubilarians 1958, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Patricia Ann Williams, Tulsa, Oklahoma March 17, 1958, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Jubilee Celebration at 6901 Chef Menteur Highway (Srs. Juanita Young, Helen Marie Pradier, Adeline Gardiner, Father Thompson, Srs. Andrew Owens, priest, Sister M. Boniface Adams, Father Wade, Sister_____, 1950s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Reception Ceremony at 6901 Chef Menteur Highway, after Postulants Receive the Holy Habit and Religious Name Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

“Sisters of the Holy Family,” article by Rev. Sister Mary Boniface, Sepia Magazine 1959, Reproduction Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Graduates in Semi-Formal Attire, Holy Rosary Institute 1950s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Don Rutledge Sister Charles Hernandez 1959, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Don Rutledge Postulants (Sister Eva Regina at far left and Sister Joan Flores at far right), and Novices 1959, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Don Rutledge Sisters of the Holy Family at Prayer 1959, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Father William Oliver, Director of Holy Rosary institute, with students Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sisters at Prayer 1961, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Laundry Day at the Motherhouse Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Novices Studying in Library Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Motherhouse, 6901 Chef Menteur Highway (Sisters Violet Marie, Sylvester DeConge, and Lucia Carl) 1961, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sisters Violet Marie, Sylvester DeConge, and Lucia Carl in front of Motherhouse, 6901 Chef Menteur Highway 1961, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Mary Alfrida, Director of Lafon Boys Home, with youth 1963, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Eaglette newspaper, Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA November, 1963

Don Rutledge Nuns march through convent hallway, coming from the chapel to the refectory 1959, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Don Rutledge Sister Charles Hernandez and Sister Boniface Adams 1959. Photograph

“St. Mary’s Academy, Sisters of the Holy Family, Jules K. de la Vergne & Associates, Architects 1965, Architectural rendering

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Eaglette newspaper, Holy Rosary Institute, Lafayette, LA October 11, 1964

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

“Sisters of the Holy Family in California,” article by Henrietta McQueen, in Bronze America February, 1965 Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Lafon Home for the Aged (Srs. M. Bertha Pierre-Auguste, M. Martha Roque, M. of the Rosary Heisser and patients) 1965, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Noel Blakely Studio, New Orleans 1966 Return to the Motherhouse at 717 Orleans St. 1966, photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Return to Orleans Street in 1966 (Sisters with Flowers) 1966, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Consolata, Handmaids of Divine Providence, Sister Esperance, SSF, and Sr. Perpetua, Handmaids of Divine Providence, 1967, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Mark Young Sisters of the Holy Family 1969, Oil on canvas Framed size: 13” x 17” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Postulants with board game 1960s, Photograph

Henriette Delille, Free Woman of Color: Foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Family, by Sister Audrey Marie Detiege Published by Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans, 1976. Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Mother M. Rose de Lima Hazeur, Superior General, with Bishop Joseph Francis during the First Community Congress 1976, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sr. M. Tekakwitha Vega, Assistant Superior General (seated), Mother Marie Anselm Duffel, Former Superior General (left, standing) and Mother Rose de Lima Hazeur at Congregational Congress June 13-July 4, 1976, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Alumni c. 1970s, photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Jennie Jones and Sister Alicia Costa with Postulants 1970s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Holy Rosary Institute Brochure 1979 Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Holy Family Faculty, Lafayette, LA, 1982 (with Sister Bartholomew, Sr. Miriam Perpetua, Sr. Frances Gonzalez, Principal, and Sr. Clara Jackson) 1982, photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Sylvia Thibodeaux conducting class with Sister of the Sacred Heart in Benin, Nigeria Photograph

Dedication of St. John Berchmans Manor, HUD facility for Senior Citizens and Handicapped, July 1982 (Left to right: John Lachin, architect, Sister Tekakwitha Vega, Superior General, Archbishop Philip Hannan of New Orleans, 1982, Photograph

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Lafon Nursing Home of the Holy Family, Brochure Commemmorating Dedication Ceremony for new site at 6900 Chef Menteur Highway 1973, Brochure Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Mary Germaine and 2nd Grade Participants, St. Joan of Arc School, New Orleans 1975, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

1989 Congress (Group Portrait in Front of Motherhouse) New Orleans 1989, Color Photograph, 20” x 24” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Jubilarians with Archbishop Hannan and Sister Caroline Nelson 1980s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Congressional Portrait, 1976, Photograph, 17 ½” x 21 ½”

Sister Augustine McDaniel, Administrator at Lafon Nursing Facility Photograph

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Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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Pope John Paul II’s Visit to New Orleans (Pope Greeting Twin Sisters Canisius Lastrapes and Canice Lastrapes at St. Louis Cathedral) 1987, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sister Sylvia Thibodeaux Giving a Copy of “Servant of Slaves” to Pope John Paul II Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Jubilarians with Sister Doris Godeaux, second from right, standing 1990s, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Frank Methe Jubilarians (Seated: Srs. Louisette, Boniface, Ann, Helen Marie and Theodosia; Standing: Srs. Carmen Marie, Rita, Frances, Leona, Fabian and Joseph Angela) Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Tony O. Champagne African American Achievement in New Orleans, Inscription: “LPL and NOPSI Employees Take Pride in Celebrating the Achievements of African Americans in our Community…” 1990, Poster on Board, 36” x 55” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Connie Tregre Painting for Sesquicentennial (with Srs. Henriette Delille, Juliette Gaudin, Josephine Charles, Archbishops Blanc and Odin, St. Louis Cathedral, St. Augustine Church, etc.) 1992, Oil on canvas Framed size: 40” x 50” Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sesquicentennial Mass at Cathedral 1992, Photograph

Mary Ann O’Brien Portrait of Henriette Delille June, 2005, Oil on canvas, 23” x 18 ½” (Oval)

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Vernon Dobard Henriette Delille 2000, Oil on canvas

Portraits: Superiors General of the Sisters of the Holy Family Mother Henriette Delille, Foundress 1842-1862 Mother Juliette Gaudin, Co-Foundress 1862-1867 Mother Mary Josephine Charles, Co-Foundress 1867-1882 Mother Mary Magdalene Alpaugh 1882-1888 Mother Mary Cecile Capla 1888-1891 Mother Mary Austin Jones 1891-1909 Mother Mary Elizabeth Bowie 1909-1918, 1930-1946 Mother Mary Sacred Heart Jourdan 1918-1924 Mother Mary Eusebia Birmingham 1924-1930 Mother Mary Philip Goodman 1946-1958 Mother Marie Anselm Duffel 1958-1970 Mother Mary Rose De Lima Hazeur 1970-1978, 1986-1990 Mother Mary Tekakwitha Vega 1978-1986 Mother Mary De Chantal St. Julien 1990-1998 Sister Sylvia Thibodeaux 1998-2006 Sister Eva Regina Martin 2006Betty Gabourel Cooper Arrival in Dangriga in 1898 1998, Oil on canvas Sisters of the Holy Family Collection Henriette Delille: Servant of Slaves, by Virginia Meacham Gould and Charles E. Nolan (Published by Sisters of the Holy Family)

1999

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Mary’s Academy, 125th Anniversary publication 1992

“Returning Home,” article by Peter Finney, Jr., Clarion Herald, Vol. 42, No. 14 July 2, 2003

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

“Chapel Shows Holy Family Order History,” newspaper article by Kevin Ryan

David Ciampichini Henriette Delille Oil on canvas

Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Sisters of the Holy Family Collection, New Orleans

All Saints Catholic Church and School, Algiers, LA: A Picture History, 1994, Brochure Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

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In Focus: Doris Ulmann, Photographs from the J. Paul Getty Museum (with December 1931 cover image of Sister Mary Paul of the Cross Lewis, SSF), pub. by The J. Paul Getty Museum 1996, Publication

Tony Bryant Portrait of Henriette Delille, June, 2005, Oil on canvas, 22” x 18” Sisters of the Holy Family Collection, New Orleans

T h e N e w O r l e a n s A f r i ca n A m e r i ca n M u s e u m o f A r t, C u l t u r e a n d H i s t o r y

Sisters of the Holy Family Collection, New Orleans

Sisters of the Holy Family Collection, New Orleans

Jim Thorns Selected Portraits Sister Mary Anthony Allen Sister Joseph Ann Gillett Sister Bartholomew Joseph Sister Cecilia Oluchi Dimaku Sister Cynthia Marie Jackson Sister Eva Regina Martin Sister M. Angele McKnight Sister Sylvia Thibodeaux Sister Frances Cabrini Turnbull Sister M. Letitia Senegal Sister M. Clare of Assisi Pierre Sister M. Agnes Sampia Sister M. Doris Godeaux Sister M. Sylvia Vallet 2006, Photographs Courtesy of Jim Thorns

Judith Nolan Homage to Delille Marble Sisters of the Holy Family Collection, New Orleans

Sister Joseph Ann Gillett, Jubilarian, 60th Anniversary, with Flower Girl; Celebration at St. Maria Goretti Church, New Orleans East, 2007, Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

St. Mary’s Academy brochure 2007 Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

Jim Thorns Sister M. Judith Therese Barial and St. Mary’s Academy Students after Mass Honoring Mother Henriette Delille Sunday, November 18, 2007 Photograph Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

“Prayer for the Beatification of Henriette Delille,” 2007, Candle, 10” h Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

“A True New Orleans Saint? Canonization Sought for Henriette Delille,” Sun-Herald article by Jean Prescott October 5, 2007 Archives of the Sisters of the Holy Family, New Orleans

J.R. Thomson Interviews with the Sisters of the Holy Family (excerpts) 2007-2008, Video


NOA AM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

William Bertrand Danielle Broussard Marsha Broussard Adolph Bynum Carlton Charles Tiffany Chase Henry Coaxum Karl Connor Joia Crear Gail Glapion Jonn Hankins Charlie Johnson (President) Doanld Marshall Warren Taylor Parker Gina Recasner Richard Thomas Jim Thorns Frank Williams Judith Williams

E x ec u ti v e P rod u cer

Jim Thorns P ro j ect D irector

Marsha Broussard E x h ibition C u rator

Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd C u ratoria l A ssistants

Beryl Johns

The Shield of the Sisters of the Holy Family The shield of the Sisters of the Holy Family depicts their three patrons: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. It also explains symbols and colors which have great significance for the Sisters. The shield shows God’s protecting strength through their many years of struggle. The cross, at the top, represents Christ. The cincture, which suspends from the cross, characterized St. Joseph. A portion of the cincture is hidden behind the shield. This is symbolic of St. Joseph’s hidden life, a model of humility for the Sisters. The gold cross represents the Kingship of Jesus. It is symbolic of the Sisters as ecclesial women and also daughters of the King. The blue stands for Mary. Its darkness shows the hidden life of the Sisters and also their black race. Two lines above the Mystical Rose Picture a gang-plank. This characterized New Orleans, a busy port and slave mart, the birthplace of the Community, where Henriette Delille, foundress, and co-foundresses, Juliette Gaudin, Josephine Charles, and Marie Jeanne Aliquot planted the seed of this religious community in 1842. Jesus, their guiding principle, and also their state of regularity, in living the Gospel message, is depicted by the carpenter’s square. Mary, the pattern and inspiration for their union with god, is found in the Mystical rose. The rose represents their consecration to Christ, intertwined with love of their neighbor. Joseph, the workman, is found in the symbol of the hammer. He is the model for their varied apostolic works, education of youth and adults, care of the aged, the infirm, and the homeless, and also their services to the Church. These symbols remind the Sisters of their past, present, and hoped-for future with Christ. As faithful members of this Holy Family, may they one day be joined with the family of God in heaven to sing His praises for all eternity.

C u ratoria l I nterns

Edwin Burks Judy Boudreaux Gaynell Brady Michelle Briscoe-Long Cherie Cazenavette L’Oreal Evans-Birden Beryl Johns Stacey Roberts E x h ibition D esi g n and I nsta l l ation

Tom Lanham P h oto g rap h ic R eprod u ctions

Peter Nakhid Jim Thorns E x h ibition S i g na g e

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Alison Cody Ashley Segari C ata l o g u e D esi g n

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Mora J. Beauchamp-Byrd Marsha Broussard C ata l o g P rintin g

Harvey-Hauser


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