C. Cecilia Morse

C. Cecilia Morse (HMPA7)

Location: Tampa, FL 33602 Hillsborough County
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Country: United States of America
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N 27° 57.317', W 82° 27.472'

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June 3, 1838 - June 13, 1926

— Foundress of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School in San Antonio, Florida —

In 1883, as a young widow with 6 children, she moved to the Catholic colony of San Antonio, FL in Pasco County only to discover that there was no school. Telling the colony's founder "The minds of the children now here won't wait" she began teaching the first 14 students (including her own 6) in her kitchen in October of 1883. In April 1884, classes were moved into the church to accommodate more pupils and by that fall a schoolhouse adjacent to the church had been built. Mrs. Morse continued teaching at St. Anthony of Padua School until the Benedictine Sisters arrived in 1889. A few years later she moved her entire family to Tampa where she would live for the next 35 years. The true pioneer of Catholic parochial education in the Diocese of St. Petersburg rests here, along with five of her children, who themselves were among those first local Catholic parochial students.
HM NumberHMPA7
Placed ByDiocese of St. Petersburg
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 4:58pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 356591 N 3093104
Decimal Degrees27.95528333, -82.45786667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 57.317', W 82° 27.472'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 57' 19.02" N, 82° 27' 28.32" W
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Area Code(s)813, 727, 305, 863
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 501-799 E Laurel St, Tampa FL 33602, US
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