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Mary Teresa Tallon

Mary Teresa Tallon was born in a hamlet called Hanover which is just north of Waterville, NY on May 6, 1867, to Irish immigrants.
Her family owned a hops farm near Waterville. At the age of  12 , she taught the faith to migrant farm workers and their children.
She entered the Holy Cross Sisters at age 19, worked as a Catholic school teacher and instructed poor and neglected children.
In 1920, she founded the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, a New York City-based community focused on contemplation and door-to-door, person-to-person ministry.
During the last 20 years of her life, she suffered disabling illnesses but persisted in carrying out the administration of the Congregation while giving no sign of her suffering to the Community.

On April 16, 2013, Cardinal Dolan officially opened the cause for the beatification and canonization of Mother Mary Theresa Tallon.

January 22, 2015


On January 13, Sr. Maria Catherine, vice-postulator for the cause of our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon, as well as our general superior Mother Carole Marie and historical commission member Sr. Rita-Mairelenes, went to the chancery of the New York Archdiocese for the official closing of the diocesan phase of the process toward the canonization of our foundress. The next day Sr. Maria Catherine and Mother Carole Marie boarded a plane for Rome, to deliver two of the sets of the documents which had been sealed with wax at the New York chancery.  The official opening of the Roman phase of the process took place on January 22.

August 17, 2014


St. Bernard’s parish in Waterville, NY is the home parish of our foundress, Mother Mary Teresa Tallon. On August 17 the parish had its annual celebration for the feast of St. Bernard, and a group of Parish Visitors joined them for the celebration. Bishop Robert J. Cunningham, bishop of the Syracuse diocese, and the pastor, Fr. Paul Carey, were present. Sr. Maria Catherine updated everyone on the cause for possible canonization of our foundress, and Bishop Cunningham spoke of Mother Mary Teresa and the community.

The Sisters also visited the cemetery where Mother Mary Teresa’s parents and several other relatives are buried.

Her Words:

“Because of Him Whom we serve and Whose Word we carry, which is “spirit and life,” we can always have the utmost confidence of doing good. No matter what the world thinks or how differently the world acts from our idea, we should not be influenced, but use our utmost effort to do all the more “

“Did you ever notice in the Gospel how much good Our Lord drew from the individual conversation, as in the case of the woman at the well and Nicodemus? The allegiance to His person and cause was so great that
it never wavered afterwards – and was far-reaching in its effect.
It was marvelous, too, how much Our Lord revealed of
Himself and even His divinity in those conversations”

“Never think that the time you spend in recollection or prayer
is in any way lost. All power comes from union with God;
all grace of conversion and sanctification from union with the Sacred Heart.
May you all be saints – real and true – lost in the love of God and zeal for souls.”

“Think of God, and let Him be your element as water is the element of fish.”

“We know that our Faith contains everything that could be proposed of truth. Yet some of our people are half dead. I want you who are true to remember this. Imagine what one strong soul can do.”

A Prayer of Thanks for Mother Mary Teresa Tallon:

O Divine Lord, whose merciful love reaches to the ends of the earth, we thank you for inspiring the heart of Julia Teresa Tallon with the love of your own Heart. Through her you brought forth a new institute in the Church and called us to imitate the sacrificial mission of your Son, the Good Shepherd, who in steadfast union of heart with you and loving zeal for the most neglected of His little ones, gave his life to seek and save the lost and straying.

We humbly ask you to continue to expand the work you have begun in her. Fulfill her ardent longing to promote sanctity in each heart, to restore family life, calling all to full participation in the life of the Church and arousing the conscience of Your people in loving concern for the most neglected and spiritually abandoned in our midst.

May she who asked always – “What more can I do for God?” – find now new ways to glorify You. Grant, Lord, that she who loved and cared for the least of Your little ones on earth, may now be glorified by You who live and reign with Jesus Christ Your Son in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end. Amen.

Mother Mary Theresa Tallon

Church of the Sacred Heart
Monroe, New York
June 4, 2013

The Saint of Monroe?

Sacred Heart Parish and the town of Monroe have been blessed with a rare, historical, and grace filled distinction. On April 16, 2013, Cardinal Dolan officially opened the cause for the beatification and canonization of Mother Mary Theresa Tallon, the foundress of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate of Monroe, New York. She is now recognized by the title, Servant of God. It is our hope and prayer if it be God’s will, that she be given the title of Blessed and Saint. The timeliness of this occasion coincides with the Church’s focus on “the new evangelization,” the very mission that Mother Mary Theresa Tallon embraced as the charism of the community of sisters that she founded.
A copy of the edict signed by Cardinal Dolan will be posted on the doors of
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and our own parish church of Sacred Heart.

For any favor obtained, kindly notify the
Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate
P.O. Box 658
Monroe, NY 10949
e-mail: [email protected]

Bishops did Consult on Canonization Cause of Mary Teresa Tallon
During Fall 2013 General Assembly