Today was our last cleaning day. It was devoted to the Sisters from different orders who taught in Lowell. Our trusty team of volunteers was able to complete the the first group of stones from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur who came to Lowell in 1852 and opened St Patrick's and Notre Dame Academy. The order still teaches are both schools today. We also did all the stones for the Sisters of St Mary of Namur who operated Sacred Heart School. Unfortunately that leaves many of the Sisters of Charity and the second lot belonging to the SNDs undone.
A little shout out to today's volunteers. Many, many years ago when we first began cleaning and recording the stones 2 of the first volunteers were Jim McNamara and his daughter Mary. Jim passed a number of years ago, but Mary came to close out the final year of stone cleaning. We were also joined by folks we met on this summer's Lowell Walks. Katie and Bonnie showed up with tools in hand and learned stone cleaning 101. I don't know why, but Brenda has not tired of me bringing her week after week. We're both frustrated archaeologists deep inside. Lastly, guest blogger Rosemary Nunally drove an hour to help out. Rosemary even stayed after the rest left to try to get more stones cleaned. We got a lot done today and it couldn't have been done without their help. Of course if you do drive into the cemetery on a given weekend this fall, you just might see Walter and Karen cleaning off just one more stone.