Friday, September 13, 2013

1913 - Sister Act

NUN DESERTS CONVENT

Sister Leocadia Believed to Be Teaching
Music in New York

The Appeal, Saint Paul, MN
September 13, 1913

Niagara Falls, Ont.--Sister Leocadia, teacher of music in Mount Loretta Convent at Falls View, a mile south of this place, has left the convent, where she ha spent more than twenty-five years of her life.  I has just become known that Sister Leocadia, apparently wearying of the life within the cloister, made her departure from the convent several months ago.  It is believed that she made her way to New York and is trying to earn a livelihood by teaching music.

At the age of eight Margaret Coulter of Philadelphia entered the Mount Loretta convent.  She was an orphan who had one brother.  her next nearest relative was an uncle.  She became a novitiate at the age of sixteen and took her final vows at the age of twenty-one, when seh became known as Sister Leocadia.  Soon after she took the veil she became teacher of music in the convent.

Girls from all sections of the United States and Canada have studied music under Sister Leocadia.  It is said that she was very popular among her pupils as well as among the sisters of the convent because she was comely in appearance and charming in manner.  Her beauty had often been remarked by persons who were in the habit of visiting or passing the convent.

Mount Loretta Convent is the parent institution of the Loretta Sisterhood in Canada.  When inquiries were made recently at the convent for Sister Leocadia it was learned that she had not returned.  Mother Joseph, assistant to the mother superior, said that Sister Leocadia had gone away, and she added that she did not know her whereabouts.  Mother Joseph, however, said she believed that Sister Leocadia was somewhere in the United States.


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