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Presentation Cemetery
Ferryland District


This small burial plot is located on a knoll behind Holy Apostles Roman Catholic Church in Renews and is generally referred to as the Presentation Cemetery. It is the final resting place of two priests and twelve nuns who served this parish from the mid 1800s onward. The Presentation Sisters initially established a convent at Admiral's Cove (now Port Kirwan), Fermeuse in 1853.The first Presentation Sisters, mainly from Ireland, arrived there under the patronage of the local parish priest, Father James Murphy. About 1867, Father John Walshe moved the parish centre from Admiral's Cove, Fermeuse to Renews. However, it appears it was not until 1876 that the Presentation Sisters were relocated to the new convent that had been for them built a short distance from the parish church in Renews.


Presentation Cemetery
Photographed and Copyrighted by Craig Peterman (2010)

Information shown in [red] provided by transcribers or district coordinator.

Grave numbers are part of the common index for both the Presentation Cemetery and Holy Apostles Cemetery.
1 CURTIS Sister M. Teresita/ Curtis/ Died June 2, 1931/ Age 26 Years/ [4 yrs. nun]
2 WOODFORD Sister M. Aloyisiuis/ Woodford/ Died Dec. 4, 1934/ Age 82 Years/ [53 yrs. nun]
3 BALFE Mother M. Anthony/ Balfe/ Died Oct. 20, 1952/ Age 73 Years/ [51 yrs. nun]
4 WALSH Sister M. Veronica/ Walsh/ Died Aug. 7, 1961/ Age 84 Years/ [59 yrs. nun]
5 MCCARTHY Here are interred/ the immortal remains of/ RIGHT REVEREND/ CHARLES McCARTHY D.P., V.F./ for 37 years Parish Priest of/ Holy Apostles Church Renews/ Born in Feenagh, Ireland 1878/ Ordained Priest St. Johns Nfld. 1903/ Pastor of Renews, 1920 - 1957/ Dean of Southern Shore 1938/ Appointed Archdiocesan Consultant 1945/ Created Domestic Prelate and Vicar Forane 1952/ Died Oct. 21, 1957./ His people rever the memory of a man of/ child-like faith and unswerving love of God/ His life an inspriation even to his brother priests.
6 WALSH(E) In Memory Of/ V. Rev. John Walsh/ Parish Priest of Renews/ for 40 years./ A native of Cappahayden/ Callen Co. Kilkenny/ Ireland./ Born May 9 1842/ Died Nov 30 1912./ A good priest/ a fathful Pastor/ a loving Father/ to his people. [This priest actually spelled his own surname as Walshe, all the while recording his like-named parishioners with the traditionl surname spelling - Walsh.]
7 WALSH Mother M. Patrick/ Walsh/ Died Aug. 24, 1903/ Age 75 Years/ [36 yrs nun]
8 MAHER Mother M. Teresa/ Maher/ Died Apr. 23, 1937/ Age 80 Years/ [48 yrs nun]
9 WALSHE Mother Francis/ Walshe/ Died Jun. 23, 1924/ Age 85 Years/ [62 yrs nun]
10 MAINWARING Sister Ignatius/ Mainwaring/ Died Aug. 13, 1905/ Age 76 Years/ [25 yrs nun]
11 GEALY Mother Stanislaus/ Gealy/ Died Apr. 17, 1922/ Age 81 Years/ [61 yrs nun]
12 O'DONNELL Mother Joseph/O'Donnell/ Died Jan. 19, 1896/ Age 61 Years/ [35 yrs nun]
13 KINEALLY Sister Martha/ Kineally/ Died Jul. 13, 1918/ Age 83 Years/ [55 yrs nun]
14 MULLALLY Sister M. Rose/ Mullally/ Died Mar. 3, 1903/ Age 79 Years/ [49 yrs nun]

Gathered by Jane Dowd. Edited by Richard & Roberta Sullivan and Edna Breen. Transcribed by Teri MacIntire and Roberta Sullivan 1996-1999.
Updated and reposted to the site (June 2003) by Roberta Sullivan. Photographs added by Don Tate and Craig Peterman (July 2009)
New page created by Kevin Reddigan to reflect cemetery as a separate entity (October 2016).

Page Last Modified: Monday October 24, 2016 (Kevin Reddigan)

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