Forty-Fourth Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1900)

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Forty-Fourth Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1900)




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


Forty-Fourth Report of St. Brigid’s Orphanage (1901). It is submitted by the Sisters of the Holy Faith. The report describes that the orphanage was founded ‘to save Catholic Orphans and Catholic destitute children from the greatest misfortune that could befall them, loss of Faith.’ 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. Examples of orphan circumstances are depicted. Proselytism and Protestant institutions are mentioned. It notes that admissions were mostly for children in danger of losing their Catholic Faith. 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 thanks the clergy, guild associations, and Mr. Steiner for their work in collecting donations. The report discusses the work of the Holy Faith schools. It notes the work of Margaret Aylward and Fr John Gowan in establishing the schools. Acknowledgement is given to the Discalced Carmelite Fathers and the ‘gentlemen of the Confraternity’ who donated its Clarendon Street Concert Hall to the Holy Faith Sisters during school renovations. It explains how Holy Faith Schools 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 in attendance at Holy Faith schools who had previously been in Protestant schools. It specifies female training in that they 'get a special course of training in all kinds of housework at our convents on Saturdays'. It details the benefits of a Catholic education over a secular education. It notes the work of the lending library. 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
Protestant institutions
Gowan, John (1817-1897)
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)


John F. Fowler (3 Crow Street and 24 Temple Lane, 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, 63 pages




Sisters of the Holy Faith; St. Brigid's Orphanage, “Forty-Fourth Annual Report of St. Brigid's Orphanage (1900),” Holy Faith Sisters Digital Archive, accessed September 28, 2022,

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