Immaculata University Magazine - Spring 2011 - page 29

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hill and saw a school where everyone else saw
farmland. It was 1906.Womenwere less educated;
there was no money; women didn’t have the vote.
ButMother had an angel on her shoulder.
Not only did she build her college, she also
realized that her Sisters needed to be educated
and certified. A few of them had entered the
congregation right from high school. She sent
them out to teach and brought them back to
campus in the summer to learn. She brought in
professors from other colleges and universities
to teach her Sisters.
When I came back to work at my alma
mater in the summer of 2007, I wanted to know
more about the founding of the school. I wanted
to research my information in the community
and University archives. But the Sisters told
me: “Theresa, the congregation’s archives are
private. They are not open to the public.”
I can be really focused when I want some-
thing, so I said, “I know what I’m asking
for—a favor.” I can also be very persistent.
Two weeks later, Sister Marita David, Immac-
ulata’s archivist, escorted me into the archives
of the IHM Motherhouse.
These amazing records revealed all kinds
of treasures. Among other valuable papers,
they include various handbooks that date
back to the original Motherhouse in West
Chester. Arranged carefully in black binders are
remembrances of deceased Sisters written by
other Sisters who knew them well. And it was
there that I came upon a wealth of important
data on Mother Camilla. I pulled out the book
and sat at the table to read the information
carefully. I reached the bottom of a page where
I read, “The troublesome we attack right away.”
I turned to the top of the next page: “The
impossible takes a little longer.”
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