Frances Moloney: Co-founder of the Missionary Sisters of St Columban

By Sheila Lucey SSC

This is a story that spans the passing of the British colonial era, touches on the place of the Anglo - Irish in history, and traces the life of a family that was immersed in that changing world. It is a story of courage, conviction and single mindedness. 


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In December 1917 Fr. John Blowick , co-founder of the Maynooth Mission to China (Society of St Columban), spoke of the urgent need for women collaborators in the new missionary venture in China. This appeal found a ready response in the hearts of many women, one of whom was Lady Frances Moloney who later became Mother Mary Patrick.

This is a story that spans the passing of the British colonial era, touches on the place of the Anglo - Irish in history, and traces the life of a family that was immersed in that changing world. It is a story of courage, conviction and single mindedness. 

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