Mother M. DeChantal Keating (c.1833 – 4 June 1917)

Mother M. De Chantal Keating.

Mother M. DeChantal Keating, for thirty-four years head of St. John’s Home for Boys, Albany and St. Mark’s Avenues, Brooklyn, died in that institution on Monday. Mother Keating was in her eighty-fourth year, and was the oldest Mother Superior in the Order of St. Joseph, having entered the religious profession sixty years ago. She was born Jane Keating in Kedra, County Tipperary, Ireland, and came to this country in 1852. When the civil war began, she went to Wheeling, W. Va., as head of the community of the Sisters of St. Joseph in that city and there took care of the wounded soldiers in the Wheeling Hospital. Asa token of her devotion to the wounded soldiers she received a bronze medal from the Grand Army of the Republic. Mother Keating is survived by a sister, Mother Magdalen of the Convent of the Presentation at Fitchburg, Mass.

Source: Mother M. De Chantal Keating, The New York Times, New York, New York, 6 June 1917. Available via the New York Times archives.

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