Mother Catherine surrounded by children on the banks of the Ohio. In the 1800s, Mother Catherine was known to greet vessels arriving in Louisville at the Ohio River. Frequently one or both parents would die from illness or lack of food during the long, treacherous trip along the river, leaving their children behind to fend for themselves. Mother Catherine would gather the children and make sure they had a place to stay and food to eat. Pittsburgh artist Bob Connell presented the portrait to the SCNs as a gift.
by Spalding Hurst | Jul 30, 2012 |