Newly Conserved and Digitized Film: Mother Blanchot Visits Chicago

The Archives has recently had another reel-to-reel film conserved and digitized before “vinegar syndrome” could eat away at it! Check out this still from a silent film of Mother Antoinette Blanchot’s arrival to Chicago in 1950. In the vivid blue and white old-style habit and cornette, Mother Blanchot leaves Mass at Holy Name Cathedral with Visitatrix Sister Isabelle Toohey.

Mother Blanchot Chicago

The film also shows associates of the Daughters’ missions in Chicago, including St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Patrick’s School, and St. Vincent’s Social Center attending the ceremony, along with images of Chicago from the time period.

Contact archives if you are interested in viewing the entire film.  The reference account is


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Notes on D-Day

The Provincial Annals of the Normandy Province were the official day-to-day record of goings on at the Marillac Provincial House outside St. Louise, MO.  The Normandy Province existed from 1910-1969, before being divided into the East Central, West Central, and Western Province.

Here are the simple accounts of June 5-6, 1944, D-Day, 75 years ago.

“June 5: Invasion began in Europe.
June 6: Churches in St. Louis having special services for out-come of invasion. Many Churches having Exposition – special prayers all day by order of Archbishop Glennon. Picnic at St. Vincent’s for Seminary. No one invited but Sisters Assistant. Father Martinez came at 2:30 P.M. and exposed the Bl. Sacrament – Exposition until Benediction at 5:30.”

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Finding aid for Spiritual Music Collection Now Available

We would like to thank Shea Rowell for all of her hard work this semester.  The finding aid for the collection of spiritual music is now available to researchers!  Please contact us if you have an interest in this fascinating aspect of the community!

Hymn to St. Catherine

RG 14-4 Spiritual Music Finding Aid

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