Lida W. Fitzpatrick, C.S.D.

Portrait by William J. Edmondson. Original Longyear Collection.


LlDA W. FITZPATRICK, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, attended Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio. After learning about Christian Science from friends in 1887, she turned to it when her husband was given up by physicians. While attending class instruction in Cleveland, taught by one of Mrs. Eddy’s students, her husband was completely healed. The following year, 1888, Lida had Normal class with Mrs. Eddy at the Massachusetts Metaphysical College and was among other students on the platform in the Chicago Music Hall when Mrs. Eddy gave her well-known address, “Science and the Senses” (reprinted in Miscellaneous Writings, 98-106). That same year, Mrs. Fitzpatrick began teaching, continuing this activity throughout her life. She helped establish First Church and later Second Church in Cleveland, and her own experience in witnessing healing of almost every type of physical disability provided her with unquestioning assurance that Mrs. Eddy had discovered the Principle and rule by which Jesus lived. In 1903 and again in 1907, she was called to Mrs. Eddy’s household, serving in all about a year.

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