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In loving memory of Mother Marie-Josephine Phelan, Third Superior General

December 11, 1899

Our dear Mother Phelan, born in Ireland, was the daughter of Daniel Phelan and Elizabeth Dalton. As the family had settled in Canada, she came to know the Grey Nuns of Montreal et requested her admission to their noviciate on February 19, 1845, the day our founding sisters departed Montreal for our Bytown mission, now Ottawa. The Mother Superior of the Montreal community offered her the chance of joining this mission as they needed people who spoke English, which she accepted; she arrived in Bytown only the following autumn and she entered the noviciate September 16, 1945, aged 22 years and 9 days.


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