...Memories of St. Mary's Church and School
When Sr. Mary Samson, SHCJ, (Mother Charles Mary) a Melrosian, read the article in the Melrose Mirror, she sent the Web Site to the Sisters of the Holy Child's Newsletter. She knew that Sisters who were from Melrose or who had taught at St. Mary's School and High School would be interested in seeing the changes that have been made.
The following e-mails have been received from some of the Sisters, which we feel our readers (especially former students) might enjoy.
Dear Editors and Publishers of THE MELROSE MIRROR,
What a pleasure it was to see your photo review of the "New" St. Mary's Church on the internet! As a former parishioner who attended St. Mary's School from fourth grade through high school, the church building was an important part of my life. I entered the convent and have been a member of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus for many years; in 2001 I will celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of my religious profession.
Melrose has always been a beloved part of my beautiful memories. I even taught at St. Mary's as a Sister from September 1970 till June 1974, and had some wonderful students whom I keep in my special prayers.
Thank you so much for the photo review of St. Mary's Church. May God bless all your work for him.
Cordially, Sister Elizabeth Gorvin, shcj
(Mother Mary Berchmans)
Our first introduction to the Melrose Mirror was through your documentary on the photos of the "new" St. Mary's of the Annunciation Church. Beautiful! Our heartfelt appreciation goes out to you for your great work.
We are five staunch Melrosians who attended St. Mary's School when Gately's Funeral Home was located beside Horace Mann Park across from the church, the old Rectory was still standing where the parking lot is on Myrtle Street, Friend's Beanery was in full service across from the school on Corey Street, and the East Side trolley used to clatter and clang down Grove Street past the school to Wyoming Station!
Today we are Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus and we live at our Convent of the Holy Child, 25 Convent Lane, Rye, New York.
There is an addendum we would like to make in regard to your article on Cork City during the Depression. Marcella Lucey says that Din was her uncle; her Dad, Jeremiah Lucey, actually owned the little store that was so good to its shoppers in time of need.
Now that we know about you and your work we will be keeping in touch via the internet.
Sisters Gemma Gargano (Sister Gemma)
Marie Gorvin (Mother Mary Arthur)
Marcella Lucey (Mother Mary Jeremiah)
Elizabeth McNamara (Mother Mary Quentin)
Rosemary McHugh (Mother Mary Barnabas)
Stories related to the above letters:
Life of a Catholic Nun, Sister Isabel Goineau
Rededication of St. Mary's Church
Photo review of St. Mary's Church
November 3, 2000