Finally in Cleveland, Ohio – July 7, 1874

An 18-hour train trip brought the sisters to Union Depot close to Lake Erie. Father Westerholt, pastor of St Peter Parish in Cleveland, met them. A half hour later they arrived by two carriages at the parish where ladies of the parish had supper ready. When the ladies left, the sisters prayed prayers of gratitude. Mother Chrysostoma promised that the first chapel of the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Land of Freedom would be dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. (The name of the province in the United States is Immaculate Conception.) While in Germany, sisters were under political and ecclesiastical authorities, in the United States they were under only church authorities.

Since Bishop Gilmour of Cleveland was in South Bend, Indiana, when the sisters arrived, they met Bishop August Többe of Covington first. He was eager to see if his sister had arrived with this group, but she would be coming the next year. The bishop wanted more sisters for himself in Covington and Mother Chrysostoma agreed to send two sisters on August 15th. Needless to say, Bishop Gilmour said, “That will not do.” Reverend Mother then sent to Germany for four more sisters to be sent immediately.

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  1. Sr. Berneta on July 7, 2024 at 8:43 am

    Some sisters are asking how to get your blogs. I hope they followed by suggestions.

  2. Catherine Schneider on July 8, 2024 at 5:26 am

    Wonderful history!

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