The Irish nun who survived floods, famines and shipwrecks

Mother Mary Patrick was rescued in a coal bucket after her ship was torpedoed in 1940

Flood, famine, shipwreck -  none seemed to slow Mother Mary Patrick’s pace

Flood, famine, shipwreck - none seemed to slow Mother Mary Patrick’s pace

Lady Frances Isabella Sophia Mary Moloney lived a life of starkly contrasting halves. Born into aristocracy, with a Hapsburg princess for a maternal ancestor, her father, Henry Owen Lewis, had a large estate at Inishkeen, Co Monaghan.

Born in Marylebone in London in 1873, Frances’s early life was typical of the young women of her class; privately educated at home by a governess, presented at court in 1891. George V of Hanover was a frequent visitor to the family home, and godfather to Frances’s sister Frederica. However, it was her later years that would give rise to her greatest endeavours.

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