Mother Mary Vincent Whitty, R.S.M., was an Irish Religious Sister known for her work in the Australian state of Queensland.
She was born Ellen Whitty at Pouldarrig, near Oylegate, a village seven miles from the town of Wexford in Ireland.
She was the fourth of the six children of William and Johanna Whitty. She was made Mistress of novices in 1844, and in 1849 Superior General of the religious congregation, third in succession to Mother McAuley. While she was served in that office, the Crimean War was being waged and she offered the services of the congregation to nurse the sick and wounded soldiers.
Her own sister, Mary Agnes, was one of those who went to the seat of war.
lieutenant was this that held Mother Vincent in Ireland until Bishop James Quinn (a Dubliner who had recently been named as the first Bishop of Brisbane for Queensland, Australia), encouraged her to come to his pioneer diocese. The new diocese, as large as France, Spain and Italy together, had then only two priests and four churches.
She was appointed as the Superior of the group. Whitty arrived in Brisbane with five other Sisters on 10 May 1861 and that following November founded All Hallows" School, a Catholic girls school.
Although the bishop removed her as Superior in 1863, the community of Sisters she founded soon spread throughout the new colony, with more than 20 convents founded before her death
When Whitty died at All Hallows" Convent in 1892 she left behind "a group of 222 Sisters in 26 schools of 7000 students and welfare institutions protecting some 200 children" (Mercy Women, 2001, p ix).
Her funeral service was held in Cathedral of Street Stephen, Brisbane and she was buried in the Nudgee Catholic Cemetery.