Russell, Mother Mary Baptist
Russell, Mother Mary Baptist (b. Katherine Russell)(1829–98) Catholic religious leader; born in Killowen, Ireland. In 1854, a few years after being professed in the Sisters of Mercy, she went to California as head of a group of nuns aiding the sick and poor; she opened many charitable and educational institutions in California during 44 years of service.
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