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K°DEATH OI? REV. MOTHER WHITTY.
J'THB FOUNDRESS OF THE MERCY OKDEtt IN QtJ.^tNS ';?;'? . liAND. /, .'..' .' yipxY-THREE TEA.US A NTJN.
It' is with very deep regret we announce the death o£ the Rev. Mother Vincent, foundress of the-Order of Sisters of Mercy in Queensland. The venerable motner (we learn from the Brisbaue 'Atjstbaijan) had been Buffering from an attack of bronchitis lately. Serious symptoms deve loped themselves early list week, and, surrounded Tby her religious children, she passed calmly to her reward abotsfe 1 a m. on the 9th inst. There are few Catholic households in Queensland to nhinh r*r\nci Tt'Tr-%'-VioT- Vi'nnjylf.'o nemi) 1R nCit, f&miliar.
and during her long period of service she en deared herself to many persons outside her own communion. Her remains were conveyed to St. Stephen's Cathedral on Thursday morning, where a solemn requiem service w&3 celebrated. The cortege from All Hallows to the Cathedral consisted ot ?most of the schoolchildren of Brisbane, wearing white scarves tied with black, and the Sisters and boarders of All Hallows School and St. Anne's ?Industrial School. His Grace the Archbishop presided. Father Dunham wa3 celebrant of the ?Mass, Father Belton deacon, and Father Hegarty sub-deacon. The Rev. D. Fouhy acted as master of ceremonies, and there was a lirge number of priests present, including many from the country. There was a very large congregation. The choir rendered the Eoleinn music for the occasion very impressively. At the conclusion of the Mass the funeral started for the Nudgee Catholic Cemetery. Archbishop Dunne officiated at tho grave. PERSONAL PARTICULARS. From the Australian Catholic Directory for 1802. in which a portrait o£ the venerable nun apptars,
?We glean the following particulars. Mother Vincent Whitty wa3 born in the County of Wex ford, Ireland, on March 1, 1819, and entered the Baggot-strect Convent, Dublin, over 5o years ago namely — on January 16, 1839. This institution ?was then under the charge oi: Mother Mary Catherine M'Auley, who was actual foundress of ?tbe Order of Sisters of Mercy. Two years later '(August 19, 1841) the young novice fcook her vows and eventually she become superioress of the Bag gOt-Btreefc Convent. While officiating in the latter ?capacity the Crimean War broke out and Mother Vincent was instrumental in despatching a staff of eistera to nurse the \7ounded on the battle-field. When the late Dr. James O'Quinn was consecrated Bishop of Brisbane (June 29, 1859), he endea voured to secure a staff of Sisters of Mercy to accompany him, but at first he failed in his task. He, however, persevered, and eventually Mother ?Vincent was permitted to leave Ireland for ?''Queensland. The devoted nun and four other Sisters left Liverpool with the Bishop in the ship Donald Mackays in December, I860, and on May '10, 1861, she founded the order of Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane. The little band has grown until there are about 170 sisters ia the order, and several branch establishments. Schools v?ere 'established by Bishop O'Quinn and Mother I Vincent under the auspices of the order, and the Nudgee and Stanwell orphanages are the out growths of Mother Vincent's enthusiastic work years ago. The later and crowning joy of her life was to witness the establishment of the Magdalen Asylum at Lutwyche. Mother Vincent celebrated her golden jubilee as a nnn on August 18, 1891, when she was the recipient of congra 'tnlations and presents from &11 sorts and condi tions of persons oi! all denominations. A well-known Brisbane Catholic, Mr. ^P. W Crowe, writing in one of the Brisbane dailies, saysW ' Her love for the sick, the poor, the outcast, knew no limits, whilst her love for the children found expression in her last words to her beloved spiritual daughters, whom she trained to a life Qimilflp fn Tint'* r\ixrn fs CX\-\t& mT7 lr.jrf- 4~.n hho f-liT?-
dren.' Mother Vincent was i till of ideas for the amelioration of the poor, and with a calmness Tbefitting her character she would speak of the ? works she wonld like to see built up in this city before her death. Her beauty of character, her sweetness, her tenderness, are known to thousands in Queensland. How many heart* lias she not healed ? Hov? many of the weak and desolate have found in her a true sister of mercy indeed ? Sho came from a family in the county ?Wesford, that has given ftreat ecclesiastics to the Church ; her brother, Father Whitty, S. J., is the conoultor to the General of the Jesuits, for the English-speaking world, while another brother was vicar-general to Cardinal Wiseman. From the little wooden house of which the aged religieuse was the first i'ev. mother, in Brisbane, rose the majestic pile of buildings which for position and architecture has no equal of its kind in Australia. The orphanage at Nudgee was an object of her special thought, and even in her advanced years she found pleasure in going among the little ones. The establishing of the Magdalen Asylum was the accomplishment of her lifelong v?ish ; but she was anxioua, too, to see established a hospital for the Kick, to be conducted like tho great hospital of the Mater Miseri cordico, Dublin, and a home for the aged poor was continually in her thoughts. How dear she was to the people, both clergy and laity, mciy be gathered from the numbers present at the Eolcinn Eequiem Mass thia morning at St. Stephen's.