Who were the Nuns?

A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800

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I. 1652. Some Briefe Remarkes of this Religious Sister Gartrude Hodson Lay Sister departed this life the 7th of October the 1652.

Sister Gartrude Hodson of Saint Laurance was Borne in Lancastershire in England of vertues Catholike & English parents. She went to the Monastery of the English Benedictine Nunns of our Blessed Lady of Consolation in the Towne of Cambray, where she imbraced a Religious Life & made her holy profession for a Lay Sister, in the 20th of her age the first of March 1650, the very Reverend Father Placidus Gascoigne being then presedent of the Benedictine Congregation, and the Reveren Mother Catharine Gascoigne, Abbesse of the abovesayd Monastery.

This religious sister was of a very Tractable, sweet, & peacible dispossion; & never spared her pious pains & labours when occations required it, & was also of a very devout spirite, & gave herselfe as much to prayer as her obediences & imployments would permit, keeping herselfe in her affaire & Busines much recolected. By which means, she made so great progres in vertues that her Superiours two years after her profession judged her fit to be sent with the Reverend Mothers Briget More, Elezabeth Brent, & Justina Gascoigne &c, who were al by holy obedience sent to Paris in the yeare 1652 to assist the Reverend Mother Clementia Cary in the Beginning of this our Monastery of our Blessed Lady of Good Hope in Paris. But she being of a tender constitution & consumptive, 6 mounths after her Arrival heer fell sicke; which having suffered with much patience & resignation to the divine wil it pleased Almight God to call her to himselfe; & being Armed with al the Rites of our holy Mother the Church she happily departed this Life the seventh of October. 1652 at our first hired house; & we having no Burying place, she lieth buried at Portroyall heer in Paris. But to the end she may the sooner attaine to the Company of the Blessed, Let us offer up our prayers for her resyting the de pro[f]undis, this being her Anniversary day. Requiescat in pace Amen.

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