the years at St. Mary´s school , 1950 -53 were some of the happiest of my life. It was unfortunate that the reallocations were predominantly the issue over a narrow timeline, to the possible exclusion of education, PUBLIC or PRIVATE. Enjoyed reading all the comments and empathize with each of you. Over the span of 75 years his firm produced plans for more than 60 Episcopal churches; mostly in the northeastern United States. Menu & Reservations Make Reservations . Rita. To suggest a change to a cemetery page, visit the Cemetery Corrections forum. I was just happy it hasn’t all been bulldozed and that I could surreptitiously explore my old haunts. Faith through Love. She attended the Fordham University School of Social Work earning her MSW in 1955. It was run by the Sisters … I am so sorry to read about her death. Constructed in Peekskill, NY from 1872 – 1963, The Abbey Inn is the oldest Episcopal Religious Community in the United States still in existence The first convent was built in 1876. It is a grey, rainy day and, yes, the school and other buildings are in disrepair, but the beautiful bones are still there. This sounds just like MY grandmother…though she was there a decade or 2 earlier…wish I knew more ! To upload a spreadsheet, please use the old site. PROJECT: The Abbey Inn & Spa in Peekskill Ginsburg Development Cos. has spent more than a year converting the former convent of the Episcopal Sisters of St. Mary… I have to read up on NYS law regarding abandoned cemeteries. In 1950, the Parish of St. James in Greenville, Tennessee commissioned her to paint an altarpiece, entitled “Mater Purissima.” It emulates the medieval styles of fifteenth century Friars, Angelico and Lippi. PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — A community of sisters that has worked alongside Holy Name Province friars for 150 years began its jubilee year celebration last month. Only the grave monument of CSM founders, Sister Harriet Starr Cannon and a few dozen unmarked cement crosses remain. The oldest indigenous Anglican order in the United States, it was founded in New York City in 1865 by Harriet Starr Cannon and a small group of fellow nuns. The bones serve no positive purpose, nor the debris that should label such areas as old fashioned “dumpsites”. The first of these occupants was Rev. Her name was Suellen Botsford. The site sits adjacent to the City’s Fort Hill Park which includes Revolutionary War era artifacts. We live in Austin, Texas but still have family in Peekskill. From 1872 to 2003 the Sisters of the Community of St Mary were buried in this cemetery. My father was in the Army and moved frequently, so SMS was my anchor, and being there probably shaped the whole rest of my life. Since there was no com… The Sisters of St. Mary live a contemplative expression of the monastic life, grounded in the Benedictine principle of ora et labora - - prayer and work. Most of her work was executed in a technique of the Italian Renaissance, which she developed after extensive study in Florence Italy. Over time I have become adverse to the continuing usage of valuable lands for extending and continuing cemeteries, whose obviously EMINENT consideration should be that the existent groundwater supply is adulterated, especially from steep slopes. In 2003 the Sisters of St. Mary Community decamped to their new home in Greenwich. Becoming a Find a Grave member is fast, easy and FREE. The email does not appear to be a valid email address. From tumultuous beginnings, including an uphill battle against the established positions of the Church on monastic orders in general, the CSM eventually flourished after being widely recognized for the selfless acts of its Sisters in service to the community. Her family has not been able to find a graduation certificate to confirm for obit information. Please enter at least 2 characters. Hi, Susan. By 2003, when the convent moved to Greenwich, NY, the school had already been repurposed, but the Abbey proper, as well as the Chapel, remained vacant, as they have to this day.Based on a Benedictine model, the Community of St. Mary adheres to a simple monastic life centered around prayer, reflection, and service. The convent has a private chapel named for Saint Scholastica, the patron saint of nuns. She would have graduated from school about 1963 or 1964. Get directions, reviews and information for Sisters of St Mary in Buffalo, NY. To suggest a correction or addition, visit the memorial page and click Suggest Edits. GDC did not want them around the Convent proper and respectfully stacked them back in the cemetery. Plese check the I'm not a robot checkbox.'. Congdon was a founder of the New York Ecclesiological Society, a group of Episcopal architects that was founded in 1848 to promote “the study of Gothic Architecture, and of Ecclesiastical Antiques.” He received the original commission to build the convent and then he returned in 1896 to build the external main chapel (completed in 1902, with a cornerstone that reads “Magnificat Anima Mea Dominum” or “My soul magnifies the Lord”). Being besotted with things medieval just then, I loved living in the building, which was built like a medieval castle. January 26, 2016 by Miguel Hernandez 42 Comments. Drag images here or select from your computer, Oops, we were unable to send the email. Franciscan Sisters of Peekskill, Peekskill, NY. The Ginsburg Development Company (GDC) ultimately bought the convent and chapel for a proposed project called “The Abbey at Fort Hill”. It is so sad to hear how this wonderful place went the way of all good things. I had not returned until today, 56 years later. It was here that they built their convent, chapel, a school for girls, several other structures and a burial ground for their departed members and other persons associated with their order. The medium was pigment mixed with wax and mastic, frequently applied to a linen-textured surface. She then taught for two years at St. Joseph’s School, Bogota, NJ. I attended St. Marys in Peekskill for two years (1976&1977) and have fond memories of “The Point”, Invincibles & Defenders, the chapel, the plays, Latin, and of course the studies. Enter a valid email address and a feedback message. I was in the dorm. We graduated in 1963. I hope to visit the site one day and perhaps the new Convent in Greenwich. The order was founded by Sister Harriet Starr Cannon, (1823-1896) its Mother Superior, on the Feast of the Purification of Mary on February 2, 1865 in St. Michael’s Church, 86th Street, New York City, about two months before the close of the Civil War. × Your account has been locked for 30 minutes due to too many failed sign in attempts. The spreadsheet upload feature is disabled during this preview version of Find a Grave. The sisters of St. Mary used to (& may still) make all of the Communion wafers that were shipped to Episcopal Churches all over the country. It was a three-story wooden building conceived by architect Henry Martyn Congdon (1834–1922) who designed numerous Episcopal churches during his career, mainly in the Gothic Revival style. In spite of that controversy, the CSM eventually flourished after being widely recognized for the selfless acts of its Sisters in service to their communities. I attended SMS from 8th grade, the first year they accepted students that young, and it was a haven for the next five years, from 1947 to 1952. Sister Kiara and Sister Mary Helen were the youngest of the sisters. We were delighted by that prospect; however, the real estate mortgage debacle in 2008 stopped the building plans in Peekskill. Please check your email and click on the link to activate your account. A system error has occurred. Resend Activation Email. Can someone tell me what streets leads up to this beautiful building? She completed 34 religious works including mural and alter works and 90 secular pieces, mostly portraits and landscapes. Very fond memories of my 4 years there! Mr. Hernandez, great article. In 1977, as a result of declining enrollment, the Episcopal church closed the school, and the parcel of land containing it was sold off to a private developer; in the early 1980s, the 1911 building was converted to luxury condominiums. She also painted portraits of several other religious leaders of the Protestant Episcopal Church. They also owned and operated several other institutions for the care of orphans, wayward children and hospitals in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Metropolitan area, such as: the House of Mercy, Inwood-on-Hudson, in northern New York City; St. Savior’s Sanitarian, Inwood-on Hudson; St. Mary’s Free Hospital for Children. With regard to the cemetery itself. A bell weighing-in at just over 1000 lbs and manufactured by the Meneely Bell Company of West Troy, NY was installed in the belfry. However, it is my understanding that they become the property of the municipality in which they are located and that entity is required to maintain it. It was a beautiful location which I appreciated at the time. The story of their Peekskill buildings begins in 1872 when they acquired 30 acres of land in the then Village of Peekskill some 40 miles north of New York City on a hilltop they named Mount St. Gabriel overlooking to the Hudson River. The Sisters of St. Francis, of Peekskill NY, conducted the needs of the local children, while the Passionist Fathers established a school in Union Hill called Holy Family. May she rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon her. At one time, Mount St. Florence was a sprawling residential facility for young girls who were referred by the New York City court system. On the south side in niches were statutes of: St. Michael; the Angel of the Passion, with instruments of the Passion; the Angel of Praise with Censer. Translation on Find a Grave is an ongoing project. Only in the late 1970s after relatives and friends of past Sisters pleaded with us to mark the graves so that they would know where their loved ones were that we did so. For over a century, the Convent at Mount St. Gabriel, a picturesque plot of land in the highlands of Peekskill, NY, was home to the Community of St. Mary. It’ was Kemper Hall Seminary for Girls in Kenosha, WI, not Kemper Ball. Please enter your email address and we will send you an email with a reset password code. This addition was designed by another well-known architect of the time, the skyscraper pioneer, Cass Gilbert was the architect of the Woolworth Building in New York City, and it was once known as “The tallest building in the world”. If you enter hymn: Amid Untold Several options will appear. The sisters were strict, of course, but I certainly never heard of such stories as escaping and dying in the attempt! Thank you so much…..Can’t wait to see it….Have a blessed day!!!! I graduated from St. Mary’s in 1962; remarkably, of the 23 girls in my class only one has died. Great read. Required fields are marked *. Please try again later. Please accept my condolences. I followed in my mother’s foot steps as she also attended St Mary’s (the late Joan Macneil Washington) graduating in 1939. I have many fond memories of the girls and all the nuns there. I’m sure it’s just a typo, but if you could correct it, it would be most appreciated. I thought you might like to see a cemetery for Saint Mary's Convent Cemetery I found on Findagrave.com. Please be so kind as to inform me of the date and time of the tour to be held in June. I was a sister at St. Mary’s for 4 years in the 1970’s and 80’s. The forms of service practiced by the nuns of the order have varied over the years and places where they chosen to have a presence. The Sisters of St. Mary is an international congregation of committed women religious, vowed within the Catholic Church. She was the Mother of the community at Kenosha and ‘religious principal’ of the school there in the 50″s. Unfortunately, the donated sand for making the markers had salt in the mix. Sorry, I just found this posting, quite by accident if you believe in accidents. The nun in this lovely blog piece is Mother Mary Ambrose. My closest friends are from this wonderful school. I was in the class of 1965 at SMS, and loved every one of my 4 years there. What ever happend to the Sisters of Teachers of the Children of God Order ? The number of schools operated by the archdiocese in the early 1960s was 414; that figure went down to 274 in early 2011, and then 245 in 2013. Miguel. The Chaplain's House on the grounds is now the private residence of a local doctor, and has been gut renovated.But since the CSM moved to a larger property in Greenwich, New York, in 2003, little has been done to the 1876 Abbey and 1896 Chapel buildings. Please select a county or city to continue. She died in 1973, and I assume was cremated and interred in the cemetery as suggested by one of the earlier comments. I think the Protestant Nuns of Saint Mary Episcopal will become Catholic one day. 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