Forty-First Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1897)

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Forty-First Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1897)




Sisters of the Holy Faith; St. Brigid's Orphanage


Forty-First Report of St. Brigid’s Orphanage (1897). It is submitted by the Sisters of the Holy Faith. The report mentions the death of Fr Gowan as reported the previous year, and notes: ‘with the deepest regret, the great loss met with in January of last year by the death of the Father, and (conjointly with Margaret Aylward) the Founder under God of all our Works’. The report details the number of orphans; reunification of orphans with parents; orphan adoptions; orphan apprenticeships; the schooling of orphans; and the rearing of orphans. It notes that admissions were mostly for children in danger of losing their Faith. Examples of orphan circumstances are depicted. Protocols for religious instruction and education in general is detailed. The benefits of the boarding-out (foster care) system is discussed; and premiums paid to nurses (foster parents) is noted. It notes that admissions were for children at most danger of losing their Catholic Faith. It describes the support of clergymen, guild associations and Mr. Steiner and notes the deaths of several benefactors. A request for volunteers and members to join the guilds is noted. The report discusses the work of the Holy Faith schools, all of which are not in receipt of state aid. It provides statistics on attendance; and of children who completed First Communion, and Confirmation. It accounts for the number of children who are presently in attendance at Holy Faith schools but had previously attended Protestant schools. It notes the founding of a Convent and three schools in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow: ‘one for boys, one for girls, and a private day school’. It features the benefits of a Catholic education over a secular education. A list of benefactors and donations to St. Brigid’s Orphanage and Holy Faith Schools is listed (including clergymen and guild associations). In the appendix is a letter of solicitation for support, donations, and subscriptions. Also, in the appendix is a description of assistance of the Sisters of the Holy Faith to the Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen Of Charity, in Little Strand Street; and an extract of a pamphlet published by his Lordship the Bishop of Southwark and kindly presented to St. Brigid’s Orphanage, titled ‘Practical Direction and Suggestions as to Appointed Testamentary Guardian.’


St. Brigid's Orphanage
46 Eccles Street, Dublin, Ireland
Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland
Orphan statistics
Boarding-out system
Nurses (foster parents)
Holy Faith schools
Sisters of the Holy Faith
Gowan, John (1817-1897)
Protestant institutions
Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Charity
Aylward, Margaret (1810-1889)


Reports 1896-1901 (HFA/O/ES/F/33/SBO-AR-1896-1901)


William Powell (22 Parliament Street, Dublin)








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Sisters of the Holy Faith Congregational Archives, Aylward House, Holy Faith Convent, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

Extent and medium

1 report, 62 pages




Sisters of the Holy Faith; St. Brigid's Orphanage, “Forty-First Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1897),” Holy Faith Sisters Digital Archive, accessed September 28, 2022,

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