Alma Brown papers
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Alma enrolled in the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Institute at the age of nine, in the fourth grade. She left school in 1895, around the time of her mother's death, without graduating. She was encouraged to live out in the lay world before becoming a nun, and she lived in St. Louis with her half-sister, Esther Riley, working on a newspaper and contributing regularly to Church Progress, published in St. Louis. In 1897, she returned to enter the novitiate and took the name of Sister Mary Borromeo to honor the memory of her deceased half-sister. From 1898 to 1927, she taught at the Academy and College, studying at Columbia University and receiving the degree of M.A. in English in 1924. In 1909 she went to Europe to study with two Sisters of Providence. She received her Ph.D. from Fordham University in 1929 and was then stationed at the Immaculata in Washington, D.C. until 1939. She collaborated with Sister Francis Helen McBarron on research for the tercentenary of the establishment of Catholicism in Maryland.
She was managing editor of the Aurora (1915-1923) and assistant editor of the Child of Mary, in which many of her poems and prose pieces appeared. She was chosen as Community Historian in 1939. She wrote Volume I of the History of the Sisters of Providence in America and left many notes towards the writing of Volume II, which she did not finish before her death.
She taught music, French, Lation, English and other subjects, leaving many pupils with wonderful experiences. She died unexpectedly, after a short illness, on December 20, 1953.
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