|Young Sister Monica|
One such story is that of my great aunt, Mary Flynn. How is it possible that this woman is part of my family history and I had not known of her? I do know about her now though, and in recognition of this being Woman's History Month, I would like to introduce my amazing Great Aunt Mary also known as Mother Monica to the rest of the family and the world. Because I have gathered so many treasures about our Mary I have decided to write a 5 part series of posts, each outlining a particular period in her life. I will post a new part every day and I hope you enjoy her story. She was a very special ''Woman In History''.
|Mother-House of Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto|
In 1881 the Rt. Rev. Jean-Francois Jamot, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Canada issued a plea to the Sisters of St. Joseph's of Toronto to send volunteers to work in a recently established Catholic school at Prince Arthur's Landing. In 1881 Prince Arthur's Landing was a remote little outpost on the northern shore of Lake Superior. It's inhabitants were mainly involved in silver mining, lumbering and railroad building. The Canadian Pacific Railway was just finishing it's western route to Winnipeg and construction on the eastern route was about to begin. At this time there were no rail or road connections into the town so traveling the Great Lakes by ship was the only option to get there. Prince Arthur's Landing eventually was renamed Port Arthur and is now part of the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Sister Monica was one of the five Nuns that volunteered for this mission. A convent house had been built for them next to St. Andrew's church. Four of the Sisters were to work in the church school and Sister Monica was to be the housekeeper of the convent. So it was that on the 21st of August, 1881 the five sisters departed aboard the steamer, Frances Smith from Collingwood, Ontario and arrived at this remote wilderness on the 26th of August to begin their new duties...