The blacks closed their school with a musical in St. Benedict's hall on June 25 in the evening. She spent almost half a century teaching children there. In the afternoons, she would visit the sick and take food to the poor. She was the instructor who brought many to the sacraments before they died. In the end, she was paralysed herself. There were two local factions, those who supported the Loyalists and those who sided with Francisco Franco in Spain.
Because Catholics generally supported Francos forces, Ybor City Catholic residents who favored the Loyalists picketed the nuns, threatened the families of Francophiles, and withdrew their children from the Catholic school. As a result, attendance at St. Josephs slumped. Another much admired teacher was Sister Anna Clotilde Kohler. A stablizing influence in the black community she served, Sister Anna Clotilde arranged for a stage to be built to the satisfaction of parents and children.
In , she began two societies, St. Josephs for boys and St. Cecilias for girls. Every fourth Sunday, members of each would march to Our Lady of Mercy Church for integrated services of Mass, and the children took special pews beside the banners they carried. Sister Anna Clotilde completed sixty-five years of religious life, dying in Miami on May 21, For forty-three years, until the Sisters of St. With little financial help, she trained three generations of boys and girls in elementary education and music. Like the other Sisters of St. Joseph, she worked under the direction of mens orders, Jesuits, Salesians, Pictured are Esther Salas Franco, who had been a pupil at the Academy sometime in the period The photograph was taken in Her small son, Joe, age five at the time, is costumed as George Washington.
After St. Benedicts ceased to be a mission of the St.
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Peter Claver School for another dozen years. Even in her old age, she retained active interest in the blacks of Ybor City and Fernandina and carried on an extensive correspondence with her former students who did not forget her work for them. Meanwhile, in , the state legislature made it unlawful for white teachers to teach blacks in a black school.
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Sisters were doing so in several areas of the state besides Ybor City, and continued to do so with the encouragement of the bishops of St. The law was tested in , with the arrest of Sisters in St.
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Augustine for violating the statute. Augustine, brought the suit. While her case was in court in St. The judge of the Fourth Judicial Court of Florida overturned the law in question as class legislation depriving teachers of privileges which were not denied to any other class of citizens, thus, violating a liberty guaranteed by the U. When the case was settled in St. Augustine, the Ybor City nuns resumed their classes for blacks until the close of the regular school year; but, they did not make up the time lost during the trial. Josephs Academy was relocated in from the former school building the Sisters had built to a three-story one constructed by Father Tyrrell.
It had windows, measured by sixty feet, and rose sixty-five feet in the air. Father Tyrrells magnetism brought donations in for this new school from Catholics, Protestants, Jews and those of no creed who were simply his friends. In , this school became the parish school and was no longer run by the Sisters of St. Joseph as St. The Redemptorists took over the former parish of Our Lady of Mercy, razed the old frame church, and built a handsome brick one on the spot where the old one stood.
Sisters of St. Joseph continued to teach at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parochial School until , when they were replaced there by other teaching nuns. Although the Sisters of St. Josephs School in St. In Living Waters, a commemorative pamphlet marking a century of Christian education and charitable service in Florida, the Sisters of St.
Joseph recalled that they shared their lives with the multilingual population of Ybor City for long years, through strikes, unemployment, political disputes, and war. They found inspiration among those they served, and in turn, they inspired deeper understanding of the Catholic religion in the lives of those they taught. They supported themselves on the income from their private academies, the music lessons so well loved by the Latin children and their families, and by gifts and loans. At the same time, they built the Ybor City school and taught the classes of blacks.
Despite language barriers, they transformed buildings into schools and convents, and shared their slender resources with the poor and sick.
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Their work in Ybor City is now a happy memory, PAGE 39 and their good deeds are being repeated elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area where they now teach and carry on other apostolates. In a photograph, Sister M.
Rosalie Andreu, S. Seated on either side of Sister are music aides from the adult community. The rest are the music pupils of the St. Cecelia Music Club meeting at St. Josephs Convent. That school became known as the Convent of Mary Immaculate. In , the Minorcans abandoned that plantation and were welcomed as citizens of St. Augustine by the British governor of East Florida.
They sank their roots and their descendants still flourish there in the twentieth century. Some went to several parts of Florida also, as, for example, in , Antonio Maximo Hernandez, Minorcan native of St.
web.enduropls.com/gazig-cessna-162.php Augustine, owned a farm on the east shore of Tampa Bay. Other early Minorcan families who migrated from St. This medal, struck in Paris in and given papal approval in , became the badge of the Children of Mary Sodality. A nun who was a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Catherine Labour, on November 27, , designed the medal from a vision of Mary she claimed to have had at the time in Paris.
The vision promised great favors to those who wore the medal around the neck and because remarkable things followed for those who wore it, it became popularly known as the Miraculous Medal.
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It featured a drawing of Mary on one side and symbols with the letter M on the reverse side. PAGE 41 20 Ibid. Another list of the same era shows as students of the Sisters of St. She was the granddaughter of a wealthy banker, Francis Martin Drexel. She was two when her own mother died. Katherine and her sister, Elizabeth, educated at home by governesses, were society belles.
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