Sister Padua Flanagan
- Sister Padua Flanagan (anonymously),
The Life and Work of Mary Aikenhead,
Foundress of the Congregation of Irish Sisters of Charity, 1787-1858,
Her obituary confirms her as the author.
- Sources yet to be consulted:
- Grave of Sister Padua Flanagan
(probably a Sisters of Charity grave),
Kilbarrack Cemetery, Howth road.
Department of the Taoiseach.
Cabinet: s 7645.
File: Mr. Peter Shortall, Grant from Dail Special Fund.
"Sister M. Padua, Sisters of Charity, Mount Saint Anne's, Milltown", 1925,
requesting financial assistance for Mr. Peter Shortall
and his family.
Sister Padua Flanagan.
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Sister Padua Flanagan
born 26 Nov 1875, Mary Frances Flanagan, Mary, "Polly",
became nun 1895,
Sisters of Charity
took name "Sister Padua" or "Sister Mary Padua", poss. also "Pauline".
[Frank Flanagan's memoirs]
"she was a beautiful girl, and gave up a luxurious home
to serve God"
He said she was
"the cleverest and liveliest member of the family"
"She was the happiest person I ever met and the day before she joined the
Charity nuns, she went to a big dance and discarded her worldly garments
Can't find her in 1901 census.
Sisters of Charity,
Mt. St. Anne's Convent, Milltown
, Co.Dublin, c.1902.
She is listed
as "Mary Flanagan"
at Mt. St. Anne's in
[Census, 2 April 1911]
She was the anonymous author of
of the founder of her order,
She died Mt. St. Anne's,
20 July 1936, age 60 yrs [mass card], [GROI]
See obituary and funeral report
in newspaper, July 1936.
She was bur Kilbarrack
(on the coast road to Howth,
see street view
of religious notes prepared by her shortly before death.
Mt. St. Anne's, Milltown,
1887 to 1913 map
- From Sister Padua's biography
of Mary Aikenhead:
A passage describing how Aikenhead decided to become a nun is probably
drawn from Sister Padua's own experience:
".. but when she was about 17 God made it clear that she should give her service
as a religious.
She could hardly tell when or how she first heard that
mysterious and elusive call, so like the gentle whisper
of the soft summer breeze.
Above the noise and the din of the world around her
she caught the sound of the mystic words, "Follow me"".
Less comprehensible to the modern mind is the story of
Mary Gibbons in the Donnybrook
She is a girl who, tortured by her sexuality
and religious guilt,
tears out her own eyes so as not to be attractive to men any more,
and lives out the rest of her days with the nuns at Donnybrook.
(Her grave, dated 1848, is mid-way up on LHS
in the cemetery there.)