Biographical / Historical
Born on August 9, 1886, in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, to parents Hugh Gallagher and Brigid Bonner, both from Donegal, Ireland. At seventeen, she left a teaching position to enter the convent of the Religious Sisters of Mercy at Wilkes-Barre. She continued teaching under RSM auspices at numerous high schools and universities including Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, where she taught creative writing. She was founding editor for the order’s Thinker’s Digest for eighteen years until it ceased publication in 1957. Sister Miriam contributed both poems and prose to Catholic magazines including Catholic Literary World. Her literary circle included writers H.L. Mencken, poets Richard Le Gallienne, Odell Shepard, and John Hall Wheelock.
Sister Miriam died, June 28, 1966, at Mercy Heights Hospital, Scranton, Pennsylvania.
- Hoehn, Matthew. Catholic authors: contemporary biographical sketches, 1930-1952. (Newark, N.J.: St. Mary’s Abbey, 1948-52).
- Archives at sistersofmercy.org