Sister Mary Fidelia, Anchoress

aka Mary Elizabeth Bryan

By Janet Penn

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J Penn

Mary Elizabeth Bryan (Sister Mary Fidelia) was born in 1872 in Haigh, Lancashire to Rev. William B and Elizabeth Bryan. Rev Bryan was vicar of Haigh and Aspull from c1870, he died in 1886. He left a wife, one son and eight daughters.

Mary was one of the younger girls. The family has not been found in the 1891 census so we do not know when Mary entered a convent but we have found her in the 1901 census.

In 1901 she was a nun at St Mary’s Home for Penitents in Wantage.

The 1911 census shows Mary as Sister Mary Fidelia, Sister in Charge at St Dunstans, Plymouth. St Dunstan's Abbey and school belonged to the Community of St Mary the Virgin, Wantage.

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We have no idea how or when her connection with Mother Superior Janet Mary and the Convent of The Good Shepherd on Canvey happened but it obviously did as she was buried in 1936 with the other sisters on the site.

This page was added by Janet Penn on 01/03/2018.

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