Clarke, Mary Frances
- Kathryn Lawlor
Clarke, Mary Frances (02 March 1803?–04 December 1887), founder of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, was born in Dublin, Ireland, the daughter of Cornelius Clarke, a leather merchant, and Catherine Quartermas. Clarke received her education at a “penny school,” the local neighborhood school for poor children in Dublin, and from private tutors. She then worked as a bookkeeper in her father’s leather and harness shop. Following a disastrous fire in the shop that disabled her father, Clarke, as the eldest child, assumed the management of the business....