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Timeline

This timeline lists the major events related to St Louis and St Marys.

1886 Branch Missioners of the Sacred Heart buy the Tor House & chapel opens
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1895 Branch Pilgrimage of 1500 people from railway station to top of Tor Hill
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1897    
1898 Branch Sisters of St Louis come to Minehead from France
1899    
1900 Branch Tor school closes as seminary for training priests
1901    
1902 Branch Sisters of St Louis come to Frome
1903 Branch Sisters of St Louis come to Glastonbury & open orphanage
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1906    
1907 Branch Convent chapel blessed. Advert for french lessons in local paper
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1911    
1912 Branch Marie Therese Woods age 2 comes to orphange (later becomes Sister Eugenie)
1913 Branch Stable,coach-house & cart shed become laundry room for extra income
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1926 Branch Father Francis Burdett parish priest
Three storey building built to form School. Small church built seats 50.
1927    
1928 Branch Eric Gill carves statue to stand in niche in the front wall of church
1929 Branch Father Patrick O'Bierne parish priest
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1931    
1932 Branch First school hall built. Sister Patricia headmistress
1933 Branch During summer holidays school becomes holiday camp for children(extra income)
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1937    
1938 Branch Father Michael Fitzpatrick parish priest.Starts raising money to build bigger church
1939 Branch First St Marys church demolished and building commences on new church
1940 Branch New St Marys church opens in July - 800 people attend – church seats 300
1941 Branch Church consecrated in July
1942 Branch Cellars under church are used as air raid shelters (during war) for convent pupils
1943 Branch Evacuees arrive. American soldiers send their washing to nun's laundry
1944 Branch Father William Ryan parish priest. Orphanage closes
1945 Branch Convent educates more day pupils – over 100 pupils – some boarding
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1948 Branch Father Joseph Sheehan parish priest
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1950    
1951 Branch Sister Aimee headmistress – 120 pupils attending Convent school
1952 Branch Father James O'Brien parish priest
1953 Branch Sisters buy “Somerset House” next door to the Priory – typing lessons held here
1954    
1955 Branch Blessing of new statue of Our Lady (designed by Philips Lindsey Clark)
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1958    
1959 Branch Typing & shorthand lessons now being taught to non pupils (50 at present)
1960    
1961    
1962 Branch Father Sean McNamara parish priest
1963 Branch New school hall opens
1964 Branch Over 260 pupils at Convent school
1965 Branch New diadem for Mary statue.Tapestry finished
1966 Branch Church celebrates Silver Jubilee.
1967    
1968 Branch Father John O'Connor parish priest
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1977   Queen's silver jubilee plate given to convent teachers and pupils.
1978 Branch School hall extension built, parents' "buy" bricks. Sister Lise Barbeau headmistress.
1979 Branch The laundry hut is converted into a science classroom and a new sports field is created.
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1981    
1982 Branch Father Nicholas Tranter parish priest
1983    
1984 Branch Convent closes. Father Paul Sankey parish priest
1985 Branch Planting of Maple tree in Abbey grounds to commemorate Convent
1986    
1987    
1988 Branch Safeway supermarket is built on the Convent field where the Altar once stood
1989    
1990    
1991 Branch Golden Jubilee celebrations of St Mary's inc flower festival, concert & dinner
1992    
1993    
1994 Branch Minehead Convent closes
1995 Branch Church hall built
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1997    
1998 Branch Frome Convent closes
1999 Branch Father Kevin Knox-Lecky parish priest. School reunion takes place.
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2004    
2005 Branch Demolition of Convent hall and Kindergarten. Building work starts
2006 Branch Church windows replacement project launches. School reunion takes place
2007 Branch Church windows replaced. Convent chapel centenary mass at St Mary's takes place
2008 Branch Priory House converted into two houses. Convent school building converted into two houses
2009 Branch All four conversions are sold
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2012 Branch Father James Finan parish priest.