These materials will magnify the story of the Daughters in Holbrook, Mass. The primary collection from this city is St. Joseph’s School. Once the archives processes these documents, they will enhance this collection as well as fill in the gaps regarding the Daughters work in inserted ministries in the city. The St. Joseph’s School and Parish collection measures 1 linear foot (2 standard archival boxes) and is useful for researching the local history of the area, Catholic education, and relationship between the Daughters and the greater Boston area and Archdiocese of Boston.
The Daughters from the two American Provinces at the time served on the Italian front of the Great War as nurses. They kept meticulous details of their experiences in the War to End All Wars, and the sisters at home were well-informed of the news overseas.
Annals of the Province of the United States, Nov. 10-11, 1918
Nov. 10: “In the afternoon a visitor coming from Washington brought the news that the armistice would be signed and that the Kaiser and other members of the Hohenzolle[r]n family had abdicated.”
Nov. 11: “The armistice was signed this morning and all fighting ceased at eleven o’clock. the cities are wild in demonstrations of joy – here we thought our celebration of last Thursday sufficient – the pupils had a holiday and a parade down the Avenue and they sang patriotic songs, made all the noise they could.”
Photographs and slides from the front are available to researchers, as well as World War I diaries and correspondence.
We are all still trying to process the senselessness of what happened in Pittsburgh last weekend. Although written for different purposes, there is a poem in the archives’ collections that may resonate with some of you. This was written in 1984 by Sr. Susan Sheehan while on mission in Bethlehem.
“Thoughts from Bethlehem”
O blessed land of paradoxes,…
You raise questions larger than your borders.
The blood from your wounds mixes with your neighbors;
It never seems to stop, heal and re-knit.
O blessed people, Jews, Christians, Moslems, children of the same Creator, Your God.
Why does fear still divide you through the centuries?
Why does this standard, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth”, grip stronger than wisdom and love?
O Jesus, our Savior, Who walked so tall in this stony hearted land.
You showed us the way, Your truth lighted the darkness.
Your fire took flame far beyond these hills.
We gentiles came to know Your voice as our Shepherd and Paschal Lamb. Forgiveness is for all men.
Young and old came to sing Alleluia in every tongue.
O blessed century of two thousand, generation of our
moment, most of whom are still awaiting Your arrival and other see You only as a prophet.
Still a minority know You, Lord.
Don’t forget this mustard seed. Let it not get choked among today’s thistles.
O blessed Spirit, enlighten minds and set aglow a spirit
of reconciliation. May all Your children know You,
Lord, and be known by their Love.
May Your spirit blow a new wind across this land.
“History teaches us where even the slightest perceptible forms of anti-Semitism can lead: the human tragedy of the Shoah in which two-thirds of European Jewry were annihilated,” –Vatican Commission for Religious Relations with the Jews, “The Gifts and Calling of God are Irrevocable,” December 2015.