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Catherine McAuley founded the first House of Mercy in Dublin's Baggot Street in 1827, in order to provide education and care to the poor of Dublin, particularly women. Catherine, soon joined by other women, later began to visit the sick in hospitals…

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In 1854 four Sisters came from Limerick convent to set up a new foundation in Ennis, County Clare. Many young women joined the new foundation, and the number of Sisters grew dramatically. The Sisters worked in schools, the workhouse, and in the…

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A. M. D. G.

Diary of voyage from Plymouth to Hokitika

August 1st to October 15th, 1878

Left Plymouth accompanied by Father Molony, who by a special privilege obtained permission to accompany us in the tender to the “Garonne” on reaching…

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[several sailing vessels homeward bound], one with French colors! Athletic sports on deck after dinner, rough night, Sisters begin again to feel qualms. August 4th. Feast of the Founder of Friars preachers, did not forget his dear client at St.…

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[our good ship sails out]
majestically between “Grand Canary” on the left and Peak of Teneriffe on the right – outline of former will remain in sight until evening – nearing the Tropics - “pleasant and cool”. August 7th, in the Tropics…

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evening cool and pleasant. Concert on second deck, fine voices, exquisite harmony, grand effect on the waters. Many of the choristers hanging over ship’s side in life boats. August 9th, heavy fall of rain early in the morning, sea rough, air…

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[Dr McMaster tells postulants that]
we are stranded & cannot get out of our present position for the next 3 months! beautiful evening moonlight on the dark waters, like diamonds on a velvet robe, scene bewitching – exquisite mackerel sky – no…

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[we sang a great many]
hymns in praise of our Glorious Mother. August 16th: shoals of porpoises gambolling amid the dark waters as far as the eye could reach, glorious sunset seen by us for the first time, as heretofore we were in the saloon when…

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[August 17th rather cold]
spent most of day pleasantly in saloon; said office in cabin. Nice concert in First Saloon during evening. Auction also today.
20th Feast of St Bernard, did not forget his dear clients, sea rough, day cold. Sisters…

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[seeing again a priest]
of God, we meet a tall young clergyman at top of ladder, greet him enthusiastically & soon learn that he is a real Irish gentleman - Rev. Father Corboy from the Diocese of Cashel – volunteered to go to the Cape for 8 years…
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