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Sister Mary Bertha Hennessy, one of first Oblate Sisters in U.S., dies at 91

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CHILDS, Md. — Sister Mary Bertha Hennessy, the last of the five Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales who founded the order’s ministry in the United States, died Jan. 28 in Childs. Born in England of Irish descent, the 91-year-old had been a member of the Oblates since 1948. Read more »

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‘An American missionary’ : Prepared for Africa, Oblate sister instead landed in Childs

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CHILDS, Md. – The Oblate Sisters of St. Francis de Sales have been educating children in some form in Childs, Md., since 1954. One sister arrived in Cecil County before the first kindergarten class arrived, and she is still there today as a beloved volunteer.

Sister Mary Bertha Hennessy stopped teaching two years ago, but she remains active at the school, since, as she says, “We don’t retire. Religious don’t retire. There’s always something to do in the house.” Read more »

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