Sr. Catarina and Sr. Madeleva’s recent visit to the site of St. Mary’s Orphan Asylum

May 17, 2020
Al Befeld – Angleton, Texas

The year 1900 and the island
and the St. Mary’s Orphans’ Home
3 miles from the city of Galveston.
It stood by the beach, all alone.

10 Sisters of Charity had the orphans in their care.
There were 2 large homes made of wood
with 94 boys and girls living there.
Then came the 8th of September
and the rapidly rising wind and sea.

The Sisters knew that the girls’ home was the stronger place for everyone
to be.
They led the boys to the girls’ home.
And the storm would come with fiercer might.
They led all the children to the second floor
while the sea kept surging to greater height.

The Sisters and the children sang the old French hymn that
was called “Queen of the Waves”.
And the storm surge would soon strike harder,
and the peril became more grave.

Each Sister had many children with her,
for fear the children would be swept away.
And the mighty storm raged on
and the home soon fell that terrible day.

The Sisters gave everything they had.
All the precious children they tried to save,
but only 3 children would survive
while all the Sisters, their lives they gave.

The Sisters gave everything they had.
All the precious children they tried to save,
but only 3 children would survive
while all the Sisters, their lives they gave.

The Sisters and the children,
their spirits in Heaven.
Together in the Heaven of love.

The Sisters and the children,
their spirits in Heaven.
Together in the Heaven of love.

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