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  Sisters of St. Mary Established
Brief Description:  In 1872 Mother Mary Odilia Berger, a forty-nine-year-old Bavarian nun, emigrated to America with five other nuns and formed a new order, the Sisters of St. Mary. They arrived in St. Louis just as smallpox was spreading through the city. The Sisters of St. Mary became the city┬┤s primary providers of public health care. For a time, people referred to them as the "smallpox sisters."
Year:  1872
Decade:  1870 - 1879
Beginning Date:    1872

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