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Home indexhtml General Information generalhtm Pastoral Staff pastoralhtm Mass Intentions massintentionshtm Meditation meditationhtm Links recommendedlinkshtm OLR St Elizabeth Ann Seton shrineofhtm OLR Irish Immigration historichtm Bookof the Sick Bookofthesickhtm E-Mail mailtoOLRShrineWorldNetATTNet Pastors pastorshtmCHURCH OF Our Lady of the Rosary SHRINE OF ST ELIZABETH ANN SETON Irish Immigration and The Mission Church of Our Lady of the Rosary The Vision of Charlotte Smith OBrien Some in the struggle for existence in America will escape their successes will be blazoned forth those who fail and die silence will cover themwho cares for a few children of the poor more or less - who cares for a few girls more or less surrendered to infamy -Charlotte Smith OBrien In 1881 an Irishwoman watched young Irish Girls being herded aboard a steamship in Dublin Bound for America the young guileless misses were leaving home in the hope that the New World would offer them some promise in the way of employment and stability The onlooker was Charlotte Grace OBrien daughter of famous Irish patriot and rebel William Smith OBrien And as she watched the girls being pushed around her indignation grew She went on board and was appalled at the steerage conditions where young people of both sexes were housed indiscriminately for the rough trip across the Atlantic If it was that bad in Ireland Miss OBrien surmised what must it be like when these innocents landed in New York She decided to come and see What she saw in New York she didnt like The girls stepped off the boat and were rushed through Castle Garden landing point for immigrants The fortunate were hired as domestics right away Many of the others were steered to nearby lodgings many a young girl and boy went on to a life of infamy Charlotte OBrien was a woman of purpose She wanted to help those girls but was a stranger here Someone suggested she go to St
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