The Ginsburg Development Company (GDC) ultimately bought the convent and chapel for a proposed project called “The Abbey at Fort Hill”. In 1920 a wing was added to the school. If you enter hymn: Amid Untold Several options will appear. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Byrne was the principal celebrant. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. Over the span of 75 years his firm produced plans for more than 60 Episcopal churches; mostly in the northeastern United States. St. Gabriel Buildings by Architect Henry Martyn Congdon. She then taught for two years at St. Joseph's School, Bogota, NJ. From 1960-1961, she taught at Assumption in Peekskill, NY Sr. Regina Miriam rejoined the faculty at St. Mary's School, West New York, NJ in 1961 and spent five years there. I was lucky to have been there and hope the buildings and grounds can be preserved. After the properties were sold an application was begun to put the chapel, convent, school and other buildings on the National Register of Historic places, but this work was never completed. At the bottom of the first slide info is given about the hymn, & the group sing it appear to be former students of the school. The convent has a private chapel named for Saint Scholastica, the patron saint of nuns. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . Her name was Suellen Botsford. The cemetery is not maintained and its gravestone markers are uprooted and stacked in a corner of the cemetery. I can picture her now, after all these years!! For help using the website visit our help page or contact support@findagrave.com. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. For over a century, the Convent at Mount St. Gabriel, a picturesque plot of land in the highlands of Peekskill, NY, was home to the Community of St. Mary. To upload a spreadsheet, please use the old site. This sounds just like MY grandmother…though she was there a decade or 2 earlier…wish I knew more ! Father Maurice Cowl It is now the private home of a local doctor. The forms of service practiced by the nuns of the order have varied over the years and places where they chosen to have a presence. From Routes 6 and 202 (Main Street), travel up John Street to the grounds of the former convent buildings now vacant, the burial ground is near the peak of Mt Saint Gabriel, through a path near the caretaker's cottage. We have set your language to The email does not appear to be a valid email address. It’s indeed very sad to read what has become of the place. At one time, Mount St. Florence was a sprawling residential facility for young girls who were referred by the New York City court system. I just looked in my old yearbook and found a few pictures of her. Very sorry to hear of her death, and that I did not see your entry until now. Please contact Find a Grave at support@findagrave.com if you need help resetting your password. I have seen the revised plans on the Internet for “The Abbey at Fort Hill” and have spoken with a representative of GDC who confirms that the plans have been revised so as not to have to move the cemetery. Sister entered the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Novitiate in Peekskill, NY in October, 1954 where she began her formation and training in caring for the poor and marginalized with special focus on teenage girls. I have very happy memories of that beautiful place. I followed in my mother’s foot steps as she also attended St Mary’s (the late Joan Macneil Washington) graduating in 1939. We’ve updated the security on the site. She would have graduated from school about 1963 or 1964. What ever happend to the Sisters of Teachers of the Children of God Order ? Hi, Susan. From its humble beginnings in 1872 in a clapboard farmhouse, the Convent soon grew into a multi-building complex with a full church, a school, and ample housing for both the Sisters and their charges. You need a Find a Grave account to add things to this site. Reviews (716) 873-8011. The School and its Architect Ralph Adams Cram. Sister Mary Michael attended Sacred Heart Grammar School and graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1946, and then entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in Peekskill, N.Y., where she began her formal training in the mission of the Good Shepherd Sisters, serving girls and women in need of care and education. A Sermon Preached in St. Mary's Chapel, Peekskill, New York, on Low Sunday, 1896, Being the First Sunday after the Burial of Sister Harriet, Foundress of the "Sisterhood of St. Mary, New York," and for Thirty-two Years Its Mother Superior. I think the Protestant Nuns of Saint Mary Episcopal will become Catholic one day. I believe she was one of the few of us who went to the Alumni reunion at the new convent in Greenwich. GDC hopes to transform the former St. Mary’s Convent property into a resort-style tourist destination with a spa, inn, restaurant and apartment complex. She also painted portraits of several other religious leaders of the Protestant Episcopal Church. I so wish I could roam the buildings so that I could feel the love that my grandmother felt. This building has fascinated me and also the building next to it. The following schools were once operated by Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of New York and have closed.. The Sisters of St. Mary live a contemplative expression of the monastic life, grounded in the Benedictine principle of ora et labora - - prayer and work. Sen. Charles Durkee and his wife Carolyn gave their new home here in Kenosha to the order and the first addition for the school was tacked onto the mansion in 1865 , the year the school opened.. Go to the intersection of Main/Route 6 and Hadden and proceed north one block to John St. Make a left there on John until it becomes Chateau Rive follow that and just past the first house on left (the former house of the resident priest, now privately owned) you will see the chapel and the convent On your left. I am a 1962 graduate of St. Mary’s School and would love to attend! I remember Suellen; she was in the class behind me. But, essentially that means mowing, there is no requirement that they do anything else. Sr. Mary of the Crown of Thorns -A Good Shepherd Sister living in Peekskill, NY who was hailed by many as a mystic and stigmatic The remarkable true story of Sr. Mary of the Crown of Thorns (born Margaret Reilly, 1884-1937), -if authentic, she would be one of the first reported stigmatics in America. Located in Northern Westchester, just one hour from Grand Central Terminal, ... Peekskill, NY 10566. Special characters are not allowed. There is a problem with your email/password. The 100+ year-old complex still stands today and the grounds and building are part of the Kenosha County Park system. Please enter at least 2 characters. She then taught for two years at St. Joseph’s School, Bogota, NJ. She also designed the Reredos – the screen or decoration behind the altar in a church, depicting religious iconography. It appears the Girl’s School and communion wafer production was duplicated in Peekskill. It certainly wasn’t like that when I was a student there from 1950-1954!!! In spite of that controversy, the CSM eventually flourished after being widely recognized for the selfless acts of its Sisters in service to their communities. No, I wasn’t on the tour. So thankful to the Sisters for their care of my great aunt in her declining years and for all of their fine work. Your email address will not be published. I was a 45 year resident of Peekskill, and have always considered the (3) convent properties as among the best available in New York State. Very fond memories of my 4 years there! The number of schools operated by the archdiocese in the early 1960s was 414; that figure went down to 274 in early 2011, and then 245 in 2013. The student count went from 212,781 in 1961 to 79,782 in 2011, and then below 75,000 in 2013. Umm.. She died in 1973, and I assume was cremated and interred in the cemetery as suggested by one of the earlier comments. We thought they were great and love to wear them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. In the early 1980s the school and convent properties were sold. I hope to visit the site one day and perhaps the new Convent in Greenwich. We also had two teams the Defenders and Invincible Knaves. The bones serve no positive purpose, nor the debris that should label such areas as old fashioned “dumpsites”. From 1960-1961, she taught at Assumption in Peekskill, NY Sr. Regina Miriam rejoined the faculty at St. Mary’s School, West New York, NJ in 1961 and spent five years there. We were unable to submit your feedback at this time. Sorry, Miguel, I just looked at the site again and have just seen your question. In 1950, she entered the novitiate of the Franciscan Sisters in Peekskill, NY and professed first vows in 1952. The Chaplain's House on the grounds is now the private residence of a local doctor, and has been gut renovated.But since the CSM moved to a larger property in Greenwich, New York, in 2003, little has been done to the 1876 Abbey and 1896 Chapel buildings. I see this building everyday when we go for our walk. Overall, there are 18 Episcopal religious orders and 14 “Christian Communities” comprised of men, women, or both. Get directions, reviews and information for Sisters of St Mary in Buffalo, NY. I hope to come away with some insight into her home away from home. To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. The building projects begun in the late 19th century were completed in 1963 with the addition of a swimming pool. I was a pupil. Required fields are marked *. I was just happy it hasn’t all been bulldozed and that I could surreptitiously explore my old haunts. Please try again later. My maiden name was Joan Michael Good. I was a “day” student as I lived near by. In 1950, the Parish of St. James in Greenville, Tennessee commissioned her to paint an altarpiece, entitled “Mater Purissima.” It emulates the medieval styles of fifteenth century Friars, Angelico and Lippi. As the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph sculpted their new home now know as St. Francis Park, they filled their new surroundings with symbols important to them in a beautiful park-like setting. Rita. Just a quibble: St. Mary’s School in Tenn. was not in Memphis, but in Sewanee (east Tenn.), just like the University of the South.. St. Mary’s School in Tennessee began in Memphis in 1873. Franciscan Sisters of Peekskill, Peekskill, NY. It was a lovely place to be. Many of our dorm rooms looked right out over the Hudson river! Sisters of St Mary 3100 Elmwood Ave Buffalo NY 14217. It is so sad to hear how this wonderful place went the way of all good things. If you have questions, please contact support@findagrave.com. At the time, we were cremating the sisters who died during that time and placing the ashes in small boxes in the cemetery. Surrounded by her family, friends and sisters in community, Sister Mary McCaffrey celebrated her 70th jubilee on Saturday, May … The first year we were shepherded by Sister Mercedes, who was a YA celebrated author, and she’d read bits from her books about John Sevier and other historical figures. I was in the class of 1965 at SMS, and loved every one of my 4 years there. In New York, the Sisters of the Good Shepherd operated the Villa Loretto in Peekskill from 1928-1975. Ms. Martinez…. At various times during its golden years of the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries the CSM had four boarding and day schools for young ladies: St. Mary’s school, New York, NY; St. Gabriel’s School, Peekskill, NY; St. Mary’s School, Memphis, TN and Kemper Hall, Kenosha, WS. Another developer bought the school and converted it into an apartment building. Good luck with your trip to Peekskill/ St. Mary’s! The Chapel’s altar was made of various kinds of marble, and seven statutes of saints surrounding it were put in place in 1893. Fortunately she was at St. Mary’s where she was loved and nurtured. It’s believed that the sisters established a small school in North Bergen at the foot of what is now Hudson County Park. Hope this helps. Is there anyone in Illinois? Would you be open to message with me about Kemper Hall, your experiences/stories, answer some questions & tell me about the sisters that taught there? Drag images here or select from your computer, Oops, we were unable to send the email. At Peekskill for instance, they operated a high school for girls and the manufacture and sale of “Alter Bread” (aka communion wafers) was one of the CSM’s primary means of self-sustainment. Unfortunately, when I visited Peekskill in 1967 the nuns were in mourning because she was dying. Mrs. Coome came to believe this was a genuine call fromGod, and so she agreed. Second, GDC contacted the Sisters in Greenwich prior to 2008 for permission to move the entire cemetery to Greenwich so that they could build a road through the ravine in which the original cemetery was located. From 1872 to 2003 the Sisters of the Community of St Mary were buried in this cemetery. It extended outside the quadrangle and contained a gymnasium and space for a swimming pool. Readers may know that the Roman Catholic Church has numerous religious orders of nuns and monks, but may not know that the Protestant Episcopal Church has them as well. The school, which was owned and operated until 1977 by the Sisters of St. Mary, an Episcopal convent, is one of the first large rental projects on the former religious properties in Peekskill. Based on a Benedictine model, the CSM adhered to a simple monastic life centered on prayer, reflection, and service. All of the Sisters and teachers were wonderful, supporting people whom I appreciate until today. This site is adjacent to dense residential neighborhoods which lie at lower elevations to the south and east. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. Your new password must contain one or more uppercase and lowercase letters, and one or more numbers or special characters. Only the grave monument of CSM founders, Sister Harriet Starr Cannon and a few dozen unmarked cement crosses remain. Were the nuns strict? Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. It’ was Kemper Hall Seminary for Girls in Kenosha, WI, not Kemper Ball. The rich history is very moving. Please be so kind as to inform me of the date and time of the tour to be held in June. I also have concerns about the state of this cemetery and I am hoping to put together a public tour of it and of the chapel and convent in June of this year. We were delighted by that prospect; however, the real estate mortgage debacle in 2008 stopped the building plans in Peekskill. Follow the New York Almanack each day via E-mail, RSS, Twitter or Facebook updates. Sister Harriet was the temporal head of this community of Protestant Episcopal nuns from its founding in 1865, to her death in 1896. “. Photos, from above: The West Side of the CSM Chapel; Sister Harriet Starr Cannon; The Chapel Ceiling; and the convent building. Oh dear, that is very sad. I am also sorry this info is late for you, but I just opened this blog after receiving the sad news about what is to happen to the convent on the property. Verify and try again. I have many fond memories of the girls and all the nuns there. A bell weighing-in at just over 1000 lbs and manufactured by the Meneely Bell Company of West Troy, NY was installed in the belfry. New York: James Pott & … Great read. The gardens were so beautiful – the view of the Hudson and mountains spectacular. Thank you for your hand me down uniform of pink and blue. Use partial name search or similar name spellings to catch alternate spellings or broaden your search. Select the one titled St. Marys school of Sagada Hymn Amid Untold. GDC did not want them around the Convent proper and respectfully stacked them back in the cemetery. Thank you so much…..Can’t wait to see it….Have a blessed day!!!! It was here that they built their convent, chapel, a school for girls, several other structures and a burial ground for their departed members and other persons associated with their order. Sister Helene attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School … It was a three-story wooden building conceived by architect Henry Martyn Congdon (1834–1922) who designed numerous Episcopal churches during his career, mainly in the Gothic Revival style. Merged back together in 1986 as: ... Peekskill, New York (1865 ; Gemona, Italy, 1861) Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, FMSC Also called: Franciscan Sisters of Peekskill. We learned to “follow orders” & those traits have stuck with us ever since!! I was a sister at St. Mary’s for 4 years in the 1970’s and 80’s. The GDC plan includes provisions for the preservation and restoration the existing historically and architecturally significant chapel and convent that are now abandoned. PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — A community of sisters that has worked alongside Holy Name Province friars for 150 years began its jubilee year celebration last month. The medium was pigment mixed with wax and mastic, frequently applied to a linen-textured surface. Being besotted with things medieval just then, I loved living in the building, which was built like a medieval castle. The Sisters of Peekskill also had an order there with an Orphanage and run the dormitory for girls. At the request of the Franciscan Fathers, three sisters came to America to St. Francis of Assisi Parish, New York City in 1865, and the community continues its service in the United States. Richard Isaac, was chaplain at the time. New York, NY; a Convalescent Summer Home for Children, at South Norwalk, CT; the Noyes Memorial Home, Peekskill; Trinity Hospital, New York, NY (a Hospital for adults, both men and women); the Laura Franklin Free Hospital for Children, New York, NY; Trinity Mission, New York, NY; and, in the summer, Seaside Home for Poor Children at Islip, NY; St Mary’s-In-the-Field Home for the care of abandoned, delinquent or neglected children in Valhalla, NY; the Church Orphan Home, Memphis, TN, and St. Mary’s Mission, Chicago, IL and St. Mary’s Home for Children, also in Chicago. The sisters were strict, of course, but I certainly never heard of such stories as escaping and dying in the attempt! A system error has occurred. It was run by the Sisters … I graduated from St. Mary’s in 1962; remarkably, of the 23 girls in my class only one has died. The sister s left in the 70s when the Philippines ceased to be a missionary diocese. The sisters of St. Mary used to (& may still) make all of the Communion wafers that were shipped to Episcopal Churches all over the country. Please try again later. Within ten years the markers were so badly split and chipped that we removed them and used them as cement blocks around the Convent. Dear Barbara, Thank you for your concern about the state of the Sisters’ Cemetery in Peekskill. Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. In the meantime, a group of devout Anglican men and women inToronto felt there would be great benefit in establishing a women’s religiouscommunity in Canada, so they formed a committee to begin raising funds toestablish a sisterhood. The nun in this lovely blog piece is Mother Mary Ambrose. We SMS girls were “cheerleaders for the SPS football games – dressed in our blue jumpers with white blouses & saddle shoes!!! 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