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Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart celebrate 100 Years


The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are celebrating A Century of Love, A Century of Service, one year later.

The landmark celebration honors the anniversary of their foundation in 1921 and their many years of service to others in ministry.

A celebratory Mass and dinner was held on April 26, at Knowlton Mansion in Philadelphia. The sisters were not able to celebrate in 2021, the actual year of the anniversary, because of COVID restrictions.

The Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart came into existence in 1921 to address ministry and vocation needs in the United States and to carry on the work of the Canadian Grey Nuns of the Cross who preceded them. There are six autonomous congregations of Grey Nuns; the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart are the only American congregation.

Over the years, the Grey Nuns served God and God’s people in diverse ministries including preschool, elementary, secondary and higher education, education leadership and administration, health care, social services, pastoral and campus ministry, spiritual direction, board and community service as well as outreach to the Hispanic population, the poor, the elderly, abused and trafficked women and the homeless.

After 55 years of service to the families of Yardley, Newtown and the surrounding area, Grey Nun Academy was closed. The school officially ceased operations on June 30, 2019.

Grey Nuns prayed and advocated for peace and social justice, as they do today.

The sisters, their staff and their Associates—lay partners in ministry—attended the celebration.

Sister Eileen White, vice president of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart reflected: “When we look back, we rejoice over all the good that our God was able to help make happen in us and we also ask forgiveness for the times we failed. All who see us acknowledge that we are a people whom God has blessed.”