Kathleen Xavier Clarke
First woman to join the Burlington, Vermont Sisters of Mercy in 1879. Took the name Sister Mary Xavier. Established herself as a business professor at St. Michael's School in Montpelier.
Date of Birthc1860
Date of Death1934
Kathleen Clarke was the first young woman from Burlington, Vermont to join the Sisters of Mercy. She attended St. Mary's Hall and frequently assisted the Sisters of Mercy in their visitation and social work among the poor of Burlington.
In 1879, she took the name of Sister Mary Xavier. As a novice, she took charge of the garden and lawns, struggling with a scythe until her father presented her with a lawn mower.
Sister Xavier helped to establish Sisters of Mercy foundations in Montpelier, Barre and White River. She later taught business at St. Michael's School in Montpelier, offering girls an opportunity to gain real office skills. Many of her students were able to find openings in the Montpelier National Life Insurance Company after graduating from her classes.
Organizations or Movements
- Sisters of Mercy
- Sister of Mercy
- business teacher