20 Court Street

20 Court Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

20 Court Street, by David W. Dunlap (2012).

Mother Cecilia and nuns of the Order of the Love of God, from the Rev. Henry Dahl.

Mother Cecilia and nuns of the Order of the Love of God, from the Rev. Henry Dahl.

Msgr. Leo Duart, from the Rev. Henry Dahl.

Msgr. Leo Duart, from the Rev. Henry Dahl.

It was the fondest dream of Msgr. Leo Duart (pictured), pastor of the Church of St. Peter the Apostle, to establish a parochial school in town. First, he needed teachers. And a place to house them. This was the place: the Convent of the Order of the Love of God, in a home donated in 1957 by Frank A. Days Jr., where he had lived with his wife, Anna Aurelia (Swett) Days. Under Mother Cecilia (pictured), the nuns soon arrived, in exile from Castro’s Cuba. The sun porch was converted into a small chapel. The school opened in 1967 at 5 Holway Avenue, but closed only four years later. The nuns moved to California. In the ’80s, this was the home of Pamela Genevrino and Linda Gerard, proprietors of the Pied Piper.


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