Maritime History, — October 9, 2005 0:32 — 0 Comments
For thirty-two years, up until her death in 1902 Mother Emmanuel held office either as Reverend Mother or Mother Assistant. She was the architect of all the major decisions of the Community and the apostolate in all those years.
Works already begun were expanded, property was purchased and buildings were extended. Many schools catering for all ages – from infant boys to teenage girls – were opened. In the abortive attempt to establish a school at Bessbrook in 1883 Mother Emmanuel was one of the pioneer teachers. Protracted negotiations, in which Charles Russell played a part, finally came to fruition six years later when a Branch House and a school were established there in 1889. This became an independent foundation in 1895.
A Branch House and a school were opened in Warrenpoint. It was also in Mother Emmanuel’s time that the Home for aged women and orphans was opened in Newry. Her directions to the Sisters working there are typical of this woman, who respected each individual’s dignity and worth, regardless of circumstances.
‘Remember that many of them saw happier days.
Try to make their last days happy and bright.
Treat them as you would your own mother and friend.
Be kind in every way.
Make them feel this is their home.