The Archives of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto is celebrating the Year of Consecrated life by featuring a religious order present in the archdiocese each month. We are proud to have been chosen as the first “highlighted” order.
Within their archives collection is the correspondence from M.M. Frances Teresa Ball, including the pictured letter, discussing the arrangements for the Sisters who were scheduled to set sail for Canada. What immediately caught our attention was this:
“The sixth Religious selected to complete the number desired by your Lordship exchanged this life, we trust, for heaven 5th of last July: possibly a candidate for Religious life may offer at Toronto and be trained to supply the place of one, who we hope, will intercede for the little colony, who go to propagate the holy faith under the auspices of the sacred hearts of Jesus and Mary and under the patronage of our glorious protector St. Michael.
In our records, we have no mention of a sixth chosen for the Canadian mission! According to these few lines, she died on July 5th, 1847. According to the “Necrologial Institute,” she would be Sr. Winefrid Conran. It will be interesting to see what else we can find out about her!
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