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Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America$
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Paula M. Kane

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607603

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607610_Kane

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Sister Thorn and Catholic Mysticism in Modern America

Paula M. Kane

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes how New Yorkers learned of the bleeding nun at Peekskill. Margaret Reilly was introduced to New Yorkers through “a letter written by a Passionist.” After visiting Margaret in 1922, Father Bertrand Barry composed a sort of “spiritual chain letter” that he sent to numerous friends. It became an embarrassment to the Good Shepherds because it contained many errors and drew unwanted attention to the religious order, but its odd details excited the public and drew fervent crowds to the convent. Father Bertrand's involvement began in Peekskill on a chilly November evening in 1921 while he was visiting Father J. E. B. Daly, a diocesan priest who was the convent chaplain at Mount St. Francis for the Franciscan Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

Keywords:   New Yorkers, bleeding nun, Peekskill, Margaret Reilly, Passionist, Father J. E. B. Daly, Father Bertrand Barry

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