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The Holy Faith Sisters Digital Archive currently contains three digital collections. On behalf of the Sisters of the Holy Faith Congregational Archives, these collections were digitised and curated by Helena La Pina (2020). Every effort has been made to ensure this digital archive is compliant with ISAD(G) and Dublin Core metadata standards.

These collections (series) are the first documents in the Sisters of the Holy Faith Congregational Archives to migrate online. While the main Archive is a valuable resource of primary source material, these specific collections form the nucleus of the entire archive, as they embody the work of Margaret Aylward (1810-1889), the foundress of the Sisters of the Holy Faith Congregation. Read More about the Sisters of the Holy Faith Congregational Archives.

Please Note: It should be noted that some of the language used in these reports is often offensive, especially when the subjects are Protestants, Protestant institutions, Protestant theology and foreigners. It is imperative to note that this language does not represent the views of the Sisters of the Holy Faith.  A curatorial decision was made to display these records in their original form and content, void of editing or the removal of language or views which may be disagreeable to many, or cause offense. Such language and views were broadly supported in nineteenth-century Ireland.  These are not descriptions of facts and should not be read as such. It is strongly recommended that the viewer read these statements within the context of 1800s Ireland, Irish society and the Irish political environment.   

Using the Holy Faith Sisters Digital Archive

The searchability of this resource is based on the metadata provided. The contents of the documents within this resource are much more diverse and require reading. Therefore, the metadata is only provided, and should be adjudicated as a finding aid, and not an ultimate representation of all content and topics of an individual document within this resource. 


A user can Browse the Collections and Browse the Items. Within these options, a User can use the control panels of Browse by Title, Date Added, or Creator.

Search Items

A User can Search Items based on the Metadata provided. Search for Keywords in the top Search Bar will return findings from all Data that has been entered in the metadata elements. A User can also use Keywords to search the description or subject metadata only. A list of subjects for this resource are provided below.


A User can search this resource by Tags. The Tags search option is an overview of the item contents of a collection in general but should not be viewed as the only finding aid within this resource.

Subject List, in alphabetical order

20 Lower Dorset Street, Dublin, Ireland

46 Eccles Street, Dublin, Ireland

6 Middle Gardiner Street, Dublin, Ireland


Aylward, Margaret (1810-1889)


Boarding-out system

Cork, Ireland


Cullen, Paul (1803-1878)

Dillon, John Blake (1814-1866)

Dixon, Joseph (1806-1866)


Filles de la Charité 


Glasnevin Convent

Glasnevin, Dublin, Ireland

Gowan, John (1817-1897)

Grangegorman Prison

Holy Faith schools

Irish Church Act 1869

Kirby, Tobias (1804-1895)

Ladies’ Association of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul

Ladies’ of Charity, Paris, France

McCabe, Edward (1816–1885)


Mother Margaret Hallahan (1803 -1868)

Nurses (foster parents)

Nurses instructions

Orphan statistics

Pope Leo XIII (1810-1903)

Pope Pius X (1835-1914)

Pope Pius IX (1792-1878)

Pope Pius X (1835-1914)


Protestant institutions

Relief to the Sick Poor

Rules & Privileges

Saint Vincent of Lérins

Sexton, Thomas (1848-1932)

Sisters of the Holy Faith

Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Charity

Speeches & Resolutions

St. Brigid's Orphanage

St. Brigid's schools

St. Brigid's Association

St. Mary’s Industrial Institute

St. Mary’s Priory, Princethorp, Great Britain

Walsh, William Joseph (1841-1921)