"A Warm Place in My Heart": Mary Josephine Rogers and Smith College

Mary Josephine Rogers (1882-1955) graduated from Smith College in 1905. "Strangely enough," she later wrote, "God used Smith College as the instrument through which my vocation to foreign mission work materialized and naturally it has a warm place in my heart." Rogers went on to found the Maryknoll Sisters, a group of Catholic Sisters dedicated to missionary work overseas. She received an honorary degree from the College in 1950. This exhibition documents her life as a Smith College student and the development of her interest in Catholic missions.


Smith College Class of 1905, sophomore year group photograph, 1902


This exhibition was created by Nanci Young, Smith College Archivist. The online version was created by Leslie Fields, Records Services Archivist.