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Artwork by Sister Paraclita

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About the Artist

Eula Catherine Cosgrove was born in 1904 in Fort Hall, Idaho, where her father was prominent in tribal affairs for the Shoshone and Bannock Indians. Her Indian name was Butterfly. As a young girl, she and her sister, were taken to the Sisters at St. Mary’s Academy in Salt Lake City by their father to be educated. Eula decided to become a nun, becoming the first and only Native American nun in the Holy Cross Order at that time. She took the name Sister Paraclita, derived from Paraclete, meaning the Holy Spirit; as well as a friend, advocate, or comforter. Sister Paraclita was a teacher who painted in her free time. She lived at St. Agnes Convent in Los Angeles prior to being returned to St. Mary’s in Salt LakeCity, when she was diagnosed with cancer. She died in 1972.