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Cashen, Frances

by Frank Cashen

Senior member of the family, Frances Cashen (deceased 1989), joined the Sisters of St. Ann in 1923 and took the name of Sister Mary Philippa. In her long teaching career, she taught in several parochial schools in British Columbia, spent 19 years at the Pius X Mission in Skagway, and four years at Holy Cross on the Yukon River. She was the first Alaskan born woman to join a Catholic sisterhood.