University of Notre Dame

Chronicles of Notre Dame du Lac
Edward Sorin, CSC -- Translated by John M. Toohey, CSC, 1895
pg 218       Detroit, who had often expressed his disapprobation of a house of 
             Sisters under the windows of the college, might have carried this 
             accusation to Rome, and it was important to be prepared to escape 
             its consequences.  Now the beginning of a principal house where it 
             was evidently the intention to establish the Sisters' Society, 
             showed that they were near the college only for a brief space 
             whilst awaiting arrangements of a kind that they might be received 
             into a house to which no objections could be made.
                  It is perhaps not out of place to mention that the superior 
             had just learned, from a reliable source, that the Propaganda had 
             recently ordered the Jesuits in America to dismiss all women whom 
             they had in their employ, both in the colleges and the missions.
                  However that may be, the transfer, as we have said, was to 
             take place only be degrees and according as the means were 
             forthcoming.  This dear house shall be called St. Mary's of the 
             Immaculate Conception.  On this very day at 5 o'clock, D.v., we 
             are going to bless the corner stone according to the rites of the 
             Church under this august title.    April 24th 1855
                                   Chapter XIV  14th Year.

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