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Beginnings of English Province

 

1908 - Shortly before Christmas, Srs Salesia and Dominica came to England. They stayed at the Benedictine Sisters in Princethorpe. Their task was to get the English language to be able to go to America to establish the Congregation there.

1909 - The idea with America failed. Both sisters were asked to set up a facility of the Congregation in England. The day of launch of a branch in Rochdale, near Manchester, falls on April 25. At 90 000 inhabitants of the city, there were only 10% of Catholics. For them sisters started a little private school, and later a kindergarten.

1914 - World War I broke contact with the mother country. Stay and work of the sisters were only possible depending on the superior of British nationality. For a transitional period  this function took over a sister from the Congregation of St. Vincent a Paulo from Tottington. Later, a lady who provided the lessons in the parish school in Rochdale, took over this task.

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