First American RAs

Before the foundation of Ravenhill in 1919, at least four other Americans had found their way to the Assumption. They entered in France and were received into the Congregation by the foundress Saint Marie Eugenie. They were the following:

Sr. Marie Philippa des Sept Douleurs (Eliza Jay Butterworth of New York) who entered in 1873 and died in 1895 at Sidmouth, England.

Sr. Marie de la Miséricorde (Sarah Ritchie of Lexington, Kentucky) who entered in 1876 and died at St. Sebastian, Spain in 1910.

Sr. Marie Caroline of the Ascension (Caroline Elizabeth Heister of Reading, Pennsylvania) who entered in 1876 and died at Santa Crux de Tenerife, Spain in 1939. She was probably the “Superior in Spain” being considered by Mother Foundress for the foundation in the United States that never happened in 1892. “We won’t have any trouble finding a sufficient number of sisters speaking both English and French, and probably the Superior, to whom we will entrust them, will be an American, born in Chicago (an error) and who currently governs one of our houses in Spain.”

A fourth sister, Sr. Mary Charlotte (Charlotte Frazer of Philadelphia) entered in 1899 and actually came to the United States – at Ravenhill in 1923 – where she became one of the important foundation stones of the Assumption in America. She died at Ravenhill in 1953. 


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