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THE MOTHERS

"The Mothers" - the I.C.M. Sisters.

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The Missionary Canonesses of St. Augustine were founded in 1897 in India by Mother Marie Louise DeMeester.  Mother Marie Louise herself led the first group of the Canonesses of St. Augustine, now known as the I.C.M. Sisters, arriving at Frederiksted dock on July 9, 1914, just seventeen years after their founding.  It was the first expansion of their missionary services into the Caribbean.

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  They opened classes in October to two hundred and eighty one students. Enrollment increased and many new textbooks, blackboards and desks were added to the school.  Everyone was delighted with the progress of the children. The Canonesses were extremely dedicated, and some of them never left St. Croix for over twenty five years.

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(Excerpt from the St. Patrick’s Parish website http://saintpatrickvi.com/page10.html)

 

 

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