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Betty Ann McNeil D.C.


Cecilia O’Conway was the first candidate for the Sisters of Charity. Her chronology of the community’s history is one of the earliest such sources we have. It covers the time period from 1805 to 1815, with entries missing for 1811, 1813, and 1814. Background on O’Conway is given, some of which comes from Elizabeth Seton’s letters; O’Conway’s extensive role in the community is also described. Her memoir is supplemented with clarifications and other information from written accounts by Rose White and Margaret George, two other early sisters. O’Conway ultimately left the community for reasons that are recounted, but she retained a lifelong affection for the Sisters of Charity.