New Catholic Dictionary – Mary Aikenhead

illustration of Venerable Mary Aikenhead from the 'Illustrated Catholic Family Annual', 1881, artist unknownArticle

(17871858) Foundress of Irish Sisters of Charity, born Cork; died Dublin. She embraced Catholicism in 1802 and became active in charitable work. When she wished to enter the religious life Archbishop Murray of Dublin desired her to found a congregation of the Sisters of Charity in Ireland. This she did, 1815, assuming the name of Sister Mary Augustine. As superior-general she directed her Sisters in their heroic work during the Asiatic cholera plague of 1832 in Dublin and Cork. At her death the order embraced ten institutions, besides missions and other charitable enterprises.

MLA Citation

  • “Mary Aikenhead”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 12 November 2019. Web. 26 February 2021. <>