She was born and raised in New York City. At twenty-seven she entered the Dominicans in Sparkill, New York, and in 1947 transferred to the abbey of Bon Conseil in Canada. In 1949, she returned to the USA when Mt. St. Mary’s Abbey was founded in Wrentham. Appointed superior in May 1952, three years later she was elected abbess. She built the fledgling group of sisters into a fervent, joyous, united community, and guided it with wisdom and love for thirty-three years. She founded two houses, one in Iowa, the other in Arizona, and initiated a third in Virginia, later named Our Lady of the Angels in her honor.
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