Work Of The Sisters During The Epidemic Of Influenza October, 1918

Read by David Wales

(4.7 stars; 13 reviews)

In 1918 over 2,000 Roman Catholic nuns left their convents in the Philadelphia area to nurse the sick and dying of the influenza epidemic. Twenty-three of the sisters died because of their ministrations. This is an account of their heroic work published in the American Catholic Historical Society Of Philadelphia, 1919. “Gathered and arranged from reports of personal experiences of the sisters and contributed by request of the compiler.” The compiler/author was an academic/priest at Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Since there are no chapter headings, this recording uses the section headings of the book. - Summary by David Wales and book's subtitle (3 hr 52 min)


selflessness in the face of danger

(5 stars)

the sisters cared for families not of their own parishes or even faith or nationality whose own family members refused to help for fear of contracting the disease

(4 stars)

most interesting is the picture of how the working class and poor lived - and died - in 1918,

Acts of Faith in a Time of Epidemic

(5 stars)

A summary series of reports outlines the work done by courageous Sisters in the Influenza outbreak. some died, but like their work as nursing in the US Civil War, the kindness and Faith of Nuns did much to overcome the prejudice against Roman Catholics s which was widespread in the US. These reports are primarily a summary of activities, but moments of humor are started ipresentn as well.

Every Epidemic is Unique

(3.5 stars)

Having lived through the Covid-19, read Defoe's 'Journal of the Plague Year,' what struck me about the 1918 flu is how quickly it burned through the vulnerable population of Philadelphia. It took just over a month! This was fascinating listening, particularly the anecdotes of rampant prejudice against the RC church. The narrator does an excellent job, as always.


(5 stars)

This book supports the misguided notion that not all Catholics are evil. In fact, Catholics are the servants of Satan and should all be burned while being hit on their empty head with a large anvil. As if that preposterous belief in Catholics not being evil (can you IMAGINE!), wasn't enough, it also doesn't contain any Transracial Transgendered Bisexual LatinX Americans! In fact, it contains mostly WHITE people. I therefore declare it RAYCYST and want it banned. (Just joking. Really touching narrative of kindness and selflessness in the face of a terrible disease, not unlike the first responders in this COVID-19 pandemic.)