Thank you to the Mercy High students and faculty for the wonderful play about the Sisters of Mercy arriving in Middletown.
In 1871 the Sisters in Ennis Ireland received a letter from Reverend Thomas Walsh who was the pastor of Saint Rose Church. 30 sisters volunteered 11 were chosen￼. Seven went to Middletown and four came to Meriden.
It took them 11 days, three days were so stormy they thought that the steamer would be lost.
The following article appeared in the Meriden daily Republican on Wednesday, May 8, 1872.
With Malice Toward None With Charity For All
The Sisters of Mercy from Ireland who are to have charge of the Roman Catholic Convent in this city arrived Tuesday evening. They were met at the depot on the arrival of the 6:23 PM train from which place they were conveyed in a hack to their future residence. Preceded by the Meriden Coronet Band, which discoursed some of its best music, they rode down colony Street to Main, from Main to Pratt, up Pratt to Center, Center to Liberty and down Liberty to the house formally occupied by F. H. Williams which has been fitted up for their reception.
Thank you to those brave women who traveled across the sea to come to Meriden. Today let us keep them in our prayers.