Nuns of Holyoke

The nuns of Holyoke are varied since there are so many ethnic groups within the city. Below is a rundown of the orders and when and where they served.

orderlocationyears in Holyokelocal burial locationsmotherhouseexternal link to their history
Notre DameNotre Dame School1869 -1910Saint Jerome Cemetery in HolyokeWaltham MassachusettsHISTORY
Sisters of Saint JosephSt JeromeRosary (1920 on) – Sacred Heart1886 – todaySt Michael’s Cemetery of Springfield and Mont Marie Cemetery of HolyokeSpringfieldHISTORY
Franciscan Sisters of Saint JosephMater Dolorosa1906 – 1994HISTORY
Sisters of Sainte AnnePrecious Blood1888 – 1971Nicolet of Quebec CanadaHISTORY
Sisters of the Presentation of MaryLINK
Immaculate Conception Perpetual Help
1891 – 1979HISTORY
Sisters of ProvidenceLINKNovember 1873 – todayCalvary Cemetery of the Sisters of Providence in Holyoke HolyokeHISTORY

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  1. Does anyone remember a nun who began teaching at the Immaculate Conception School in Holyoke MA in 1968? There were two new nuns that year. I wish I could remember her name, because she was inspirational and a breath of fresh air, I always wanted to thank her, but my mom moved us to Canada in the middle of the semester and I never even had a chance to say goodbye. She was 24 and taught grade 4. She would play us the guitar and sing Our Father every day. Also at that time, sister Rita taught Kindergarten, sister Visjeance, taught grade 1, I believe that a lay teacher, Mrs. Robitaille taught grade 2, followed by sister Martha who taught grades 3 and 4. They would all be gone now as they were already in the 50s or older, so the singing nun, may be the only one living still.

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