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HARDEY, Mary Aloysia, mother superior, born in Prince George county, Maryland, in 1809; died in Paris, France, 17 June, 1886. Her parents emigrated to Louisiana in 1814, and some years afterward she was placed in the Academy of Grand Coteau, conducted by sisters of the Sacred Heart. She was admitted to the order as a novice in 1816, and on the day after her reception went with her superior to found the convent of St. Michael's on the banks of the Mississippi, sixty miles from New Orleans. Site finally became its superior, but during" the cholera epidemic of 183,9 saw nearly her whole community swept away. In May, 1841, at the request of Bishop Hughes she came to New York and opened the first school of the Sacred Heart in a small house in Houston street, which soon was filled to overflowing. She was obliged to open a larger place in Astoria; but this also soon became too small, and in 1847 Mother Hardey succeeded in purchasing" the present site of the Academy of the Sacred Heart at Manhattanville. She established academies in Albany, Rochester, Cincinnati, Philadelphia., Boston, Providence, Detroit, Halifax, and Montreal, as well as two additional day-academies in New York city. On 29 September, 1872, she was appointed assistant-general of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and went to live in the mother house in Paris, where she resided until her death. Mother Hardey's influence was not confined to this country. In "all matters affecting the general interests of the order her voice was all-powerful; and the increase of the schools of the Sacred Heart, not only in Europe but in Australia and New Zealand, was due principally to her administrative ability and energy.
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