In 1810, John Warde and Mary Maher gave birth to Frances Warde. Frances grew up in a beautiful area south of Dublin Ireland. She was the youngest of six children.
Frances Warde was born:
The Warde's lose everything:
In 1819, the English government enforced laws that forbid the Warde's from keeping their home. The family split up. Frances moved with her two sisters and her aunt to the Maher household in Killeany, Co. Laois.
John and Helen Warde die:
In 1824, Frances's brother John died on the day he would have been ordained into priesthood. Frances was very close with him when she was young. Her sister Helen also died that year of Tuberculosis at the age of 18. She was very upset to hear about the death of her brother and sister and she even suffered from depression.
In 1825, Frances's father, John Warde, dies of probably a heart attack or stroke. This tragedy added onto Frances's depression. She felt very lonely but continued to maintain a joyful life.
Mr. John Warde dies:
House of Mercy opens:
On September 24, 1827, Catherine Mcauley opened the House of Mercy. This house, located on Baggot Street, was opened on the feast of Our Lady of Mercy. Frances Warde worked there as Catherine's secretary.
Frances takes her vows:
In 1833, Frances took her vows at age 21. She took the name St. Mary Frances Teresa Xavier Warde. Catherine Mcauley still called her "Frances Teresa."
Frances opens a new house:
In 1837, Frances opened a new house in Carlow, County Kildare at St. Leo's Parish. It became a very strong and popular community. Help was offered to anyone with health care needs, anyone who was homeless, and anybody who needed an education.
In 1841, Frances's "soul friend", Catherine Mcauley, died. Frances was not with Catherine when she passed which made her very upset. This tormented her for the rest of her life.
Catherine Mcauley dies:
Frances travels to the USA:
In 1843, Frances received a request from the bishop of Pittsburgh, PA. He asked Frances if she and four other sisters could minister to the Irish mine workers. The first Mercy hospital was set up in PA that year and soon after, bishops all over the US started reaching out to Frances.
Catherine Mcauley dies:
Frances settles in Chicago, IL:
The sisters go to Providence, RI:
Frances travels to Maine:
The sisters make it to Princeton, New Jersey:
Frances Warde dies:
The sisters of Mercy come to Buffalo:
In 1851, Frances and the sisters were called to Providence, RI to help the bishop set up missionaries. They opened to schools to offer education that was not based on hatred prejudice. The foundation flourished despite the large amount of people against Catholosism.
In 1846, Frances and four other sisters settles in Chicago, IL to start a foundation there in the "wild west". Frances actually developed double pneumonia and almost died from being there. Eventually, the city and the foundation started to prosper.
In 1858, the sisters of Mercy, not including Frances, came to Buffalo. They set up a school called Mount Mercy Academy that still educates young girls today. They also set up Mercy Hospital and the Mercy Center, both places still stand today.
In 1865, Frances establishes several houses in Maine. The natives called her "pale face mother" and "great mother". Frances learned to trust the people in Maine very deeply and she favored ministry with them.
In 1870, Frances and the sisters traveled to New Jersey to continue their ministry. The bishop here did not agree with their financial situation and he did not welcome them or their ideas. Today, though, many houses of Mercy are located throughout the state.
On September 17th, 1884, Frances Warde died at the age of 74. She became the oldest Sister of Mercy of her time. She spent 55 years as a Sister of Mercy and she spread the influence of the Mercy mission greatly. She established 38 foundations in the US. The sisters of Mercy now, look up to Francis Warde as inspiration.
In 1810, Frances Warde was born to a big family in Queens County, Ireland. She suffered trauma throughout her life and she even battled depression. Instead of letting this sadness ruin her life, she made herself happy by helping others. With the help of Frances's friend's aunt, Catherine Mcauley she established multiple foundations in Ireland and the US. These foundations offered education, shelter, and medical care to anyone who needed it. Frances Warde is a great example of a minister of the Lord. She died in 1884, at the age of 74, making her the oldest Sister of Mercy of her time.