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LALOR, Teresa, mother superior, born in Queens county, Ireland, in 1766; died in Georgetown, D. C., in 1846. She came with her parents to the United States in 1797, and settled in Philadelphia. She had desired to enter the religious state before leaving Ireland, and she now explained her wishes to Father Leonard Neale, who was anxious to found a religious community in Philadelphia. Under his direction she joined two other young women, and opened a house for the education of girls. No sooner was the new institution in working order than the yellow fever broke out in Philadelphia. She was urged to fly, but remained at her post and saw her two companions carried off by the pestilence. Meanwhile Father Neale had been appointed president of Georgetown college, and in 1799 he invited Miss Lalor to open a school in that town. This school was the beginning of what is to-day the oldest Roman Catholic female academy within the limits of the thirteen original states. In 1805 Bishop Neale purchased the Convent of the Poor Clares, who had gone to Europe, and installed in it the Pious Ladies (now the Visitation nuns). The property was transferred to Miss Lalor in 1808, and shortly afterward the new community was erected into a Convent of the Visitation by the pope, and Miss Lalor became first superior, under the title of Mother Teresa. She lived to see five convents of her order established in different parts of the United States.
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