Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha! For 150 years, ever since seven special passengers stepped off the steamer Montana in October 1864, Omaha has been blessed by the Sisters of Mercy. A Mass to celebrate the anniversary will be held this Sunday at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral.
I’m not an official spokesman for Creighton, but I don’t believe anyone will object to me stating that the university is proud of the history we share with the Sisters of Mercy, which dates from our institution’s very first days. That’s not an exaggeration. The Jesuit who started our institution and was Creighton’s first president, Roman Shaffel, S.J., arrived in Omaha in December 1877, and the very next day assumed the duties of chaplain for the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha. Avid readers* of “Creighton’s Attic” will recall our July 2013 post about the Sisters operating St. John’s Grade School and St. John’s High School for Girls on campus. Creighton can also thank the Sisters of Mercy for suggesting the summer program that provided educational training to women religious for decades.
Sr. Mary Kevin, R.S.M., received Bachelor of Arts (1929) and Masters (1935) degrees from Creighton. This photo was used in the 1950 Creighton yearbook, when she was Director of the St. Catherine’s Unit for the School of Nursing.
Enough of my rambling. Recent articles by the Omaha World-Herald and Catholic Voice tell more about the contributions of these dedicated, spiritual women. The Catholic Voice article includes a list of celebration events.
* I may be wrong, but I like to believe that plural “readers” is appropriate.