CharismCongregation HistoryFoundation in 1860

The Bishop of Nashville, Rt. Rev. J. Whelan, in the early spring had applied to St. Mary’s asking for Sisters who would conduct an Academy for the higher education of girls and young ladies…Catholics in the diocese were neither numerous nor wealthy, yet the good Bishop deemed such an institution a necessary adjunct—one that would help to spread the Faith far. He wished deep religious instruction to go on apace with the studies and accomplishments which Southerners loved so well and earnestly sought for their daughters…Four Sisters were selected for the new foundation. (Mother Frances Walsh; Annals of St. Cecilia Congregation, 1860-1881)

If, as the saints assure us, God marks with the cross all the works He designs, then may this community rest assured that its origin is legitimate. (Mother Frances Walsh; Annals of St. Cecilia Congregation, 1860-1881)