Mary F. Cusack
Irish Writer
1820 – 1899 A.D.

Mary Frances Cusack, an Irish writer, better known as the Nun of Kenmare, born near Dublin. From1861 to 1884 she conducted the celebrated convent of Poor Clares, established by her at Kenmare, and organized for the purpose of providing poor and friendless girls with a useful education.

When in 1884 she established the Sisters of Peace, a similar order but with a wider range, not only did Leo XIII sanction the work, but she received the hearty support of Christians, both Catholics and Protestant. She visited the United States in 1886.

Among her many published works are: Students’ History of Ireland, Woman’s Work in Modern Society, and the Lives of St. Patrick and St. Bridget.


Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.