North Street, Newry, County Down

North Street, Newry, County Down
North Street, Newry, County Down

Monday, 23 November 2020

Anne Jane Jennings [1834-1878], Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth.

Anne Jane Jennings was born in Francis Street, Dundalk, County Louth in 1834. She was baptised on the 18th of January 1834 and named after her mother Anne.

Patrick’s eldest daughter Anne Jane became a Sister of Mercy in St. Malachy’s Convent in Dundalk. She entered the convent in 1860 when she received the white veil.[1] She was professed with the black veil in 1862 when she took the name of Sister Mary Ursula.


We witnessed this morning in the Convent of the Sisters of Mercy, Dundalk, one of the most solemn and interesting ceremonies observed in the Catholic Church, in which Miss Jennings, (in religion Sister Mary Ursula), daughter of Patrick Jennings, Esq., of this town, made her vows, and received the black veil…The ceremonies took place in the beautiful Chapel of the Convent, and were witnessed by a considerable number of the   most respectable families belonging to the town and county…. The ceremonies were performed in the unavoidable absence of the Lord Primate, by the most Rev. Dr. Moriarty, Lord Bishop of Kerry.[2]

Anne died in February 1878 in the Convent of Mercy, Dundalk. She was forty four years old.


[1] Weekly Freeman’s Journal 28th July 1860

[2] Dundalk Democrat and People’s Journal 11th October 1862

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