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Hardey, Mary Aloysialocked

(08 December 1809–17 June 1886)
  • Carleen Mandolfo


Hardey, Mary Aloysia (08 December 1809–17 June 1886), mother superior of the Society of the Sacred Heart, was born Mary Hardey in Piscataway, Maryland, the daughter of Frederick Hardey, a gentleman farmer, and Sarah Spalding. Both of her parents were descended from colonial Maryland Catholics. In 1817 the family moved to the South, and Mary grew up on the Hardey plantation in Opelousas, Louisiana. At age twelve she became one of the first pupils at the Convent of the Sacred Heart, Grand Coteau, Louisiana. In 1825, at fifteen years of age, she entered the novitiate and took the name Aloysia. She was professed in 1833. Early on her talents, obedience, and devotion to the society set her apart....

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