A list of The Sacred Heart Home and School Sisters

A list of The Sacred Heart Home and School Sisters

The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart.

List of Known Sisters at Sacred Heart Home:

Sister Alfreda (Mother Superior)who was there from 1951 to 1972

Sister Bonita– maybe a music teacher? “Sister Bonita used to take me to the linen closet so often I had calluses on my rear end.” ~Nick L.

Sister Ernelda– Took care of little girls

Sister Edward– took care of little boys

Sister Petra-

Sister Itwara-

Sister Boromeo-

Sister Leonciona-in charge of the kitchen

Sister Cecelia Ann-taught first grade

Sister Georgette-took care of boys dormitory

 Mr. Coudriet-the caretaker

Sister Cordis 1952 -1955

Sister Thomasine 1952-1955

 

Sister Bonita-May,1907-April 26,2008 ,she lived 101 years!
For 55 years, in a variety of settings, Sister Bonita taught the children of grades four through eight. Sixteen of those years were spent with the children of Sacred Heart Home in Coopersburg, PA. She often served as the school principal
and superior of the local community. Several of her grateful students kept in touch with their former teacher, attending her 75th Jubilee and the celebration of her 100th birthday.
Sister Bonita in habit that I remember.
Being a housemother for as
many as 35 boys in the older boys’
dormitory at Sacred Heart Home
in Coopersburg was a perfect fit.
Since I love sports, we hit it off
well. Not only did I care for the
boys; sometimes there were
even rabbits, cats and dogs and even a snake in the dormitory to keep an eye on. I made sure the snake made a quick exit. Last summer some of the youngsters, now grown men and women, visited me at the Motherhouse and we had a grand time. They filled my heart with pride.

The Sacred Heart Order Originated in Germany in 1899. The sisters came to this country in 1908 as teaching nuns.The Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart staffed the orphanage since the beginning in 1938. The home was dedicated Oct.9, 1938, for the care of dependent and neglected children regardless of race, creed or color. It was turned over to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to operate by Msgr. Leo G, Fink of sacred Heart Parish in Allentown.It started with 4 nuns and 6 orphaned and half-orphaned children.

Sr. Alfreda Roehring- Mother Superior

Sr. Alfreda Roehring- Mother Superior

Sr. Alfreda Roehring- Mother Superior

I found this article but the name is slightly different?

I’m not sure if they are referring to Mother Superior Alfreda Roehring  or another sister named Sister M. Alfreda? If you can clear this up for me that would be helpful. I deduct from the photo below that Sister Alfreda Roehring is her correct name, does the newspaper just have her name wrong? John Miller wrote me that he attended her viewing and she lived to 103 not 93. 

READ The Morning Call Article 

December 04, 1992|The Morning Call

Sister M. Alfreda, 93, of the Missionary Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Michael’s Convent, Hyde Park, Berks County, died Thursday in St. Joseph Hospital, Reading.

Before retiring to the convent in 1972, she worked at the former Sacred Heart Home for Children, Coopersburg, for 22 years. Before that she was stationed in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio, and Malvern, Chester County, for 18 years.

Sister Alfreda entered the convent in Germany in 1921.

Born in Germany, she was a daughter of the late Bernhard and Johanna (Woltering) Roehring.

Survivors: Nieces and nephews in Germany.

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Time to EAT! Sacred Heart Home cafeteria.

Time to EAT! Sacred Heart Home cafeteria.

"This is Mother Alfreda cooking at the fryer with Kathy Jeffery, Donna Gaffney (middle) and Ada Velez in pigtails. I remember Mother Alfreda made donuts in the fryer....they floated when she cooked them." Linda Jeffery

“This is Mother Alfreda cooking at the fryer with Kathy Jeffery, Donna Gaffney (middle) and Ada Velez in pigtails. I remember Mother Alfreda made donuts in the fryer….they floated when she cooked them.” Linda Jeffery


How the cafeteria looks now:

The kitchen, where all our slop was prepared. I did love the cornbread, still do!

Some type of giant fryer thing. Maybe that was added when it was a college?

I helped wash dishes many times.

Another view of the dishwashing room right off the cafeteria.

Lights out in the cafeteria.

We got on our hands and knees and scabbed that cafateria floor.

Photo by Mary Sullivan Esseff