September Saint of the Month Continued


When the epidemic began George C. Harris, Dean of the Cathedral and Sister Constance organized relief work. Helping them to minister to the sick were six of her Sisters, The Rev Charles C. Parsons, Rector of Grace and St Lazarus Church, Memphis and the Reverend Louis S. Schuyler assistant at Holy Innocents, Hoboken. The Cathedral group also included three physicians, two of whom were ordained Episcopal priests, and nurses from Memphis and New York. They have since been known as the “Martyrs of Memphis.”

The Cathedral buildings were located in the most infected region of Memphis. Here among unspeakable horror these women and men of God gave relief to the sick, comfort to the dying and homes to many orphaned children. Only two workers escaped the Fever.

The six martyred Sisters and priests are buried in Elmwood Cemetery. The monument marking the joint grave Fathers Parsons and Schuyler bears the inscription: “Greater Love Hath No Man.”

The High Altar at St Mary’s Cathedral, Memphis is dedicated to the Sisters.