Seventy-five years ago, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth began their first foreign mission. To celebrate our presence in India, we will follow the journey of our Pioneer Sisters. Over the next year, you will read the story of how six SCNs traveled from Nazareth, Kentucky, to set up a hospital and serve those in need in one of the poorest regions of a newly independent India.
We continue our chronicle of the SCN mission to India as we learn of the six Sisters who were chosen to be the pioneer group to travel to Mokama in 1947. The Annals from Sept. 21, 1947, recorded the names of these six chosen Sisters:
Sister Lawrencetta Veeneman – a music teacher at St. Joseph School in Frankfort
Sister Crescentia Wise – a pharmacist at S.S. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital in Louisville
Sister Charles Miriam Holt – Superior at New Hope
Sister Florence Joseph – a nurse at Mt. St. Agnes Hospital in Louisville
Sister Ann Cornelius Curran – a nurse at St. Joseph Infirmary in Louisville
Sister Ann Roberta Powers – a teacher at Holy Name School in Louisville
These Sisters received appointments from Mother Ann Sebastian and the Council to the first foreign mission accepted by the Community. Pictured at top, the Sisters pose for a photo with The Rev. E. J. O’Leary, procurator of the Jesuit missions in Patna.