Dominican Sister of Peace Rosalyn Seda

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosalyn Seda

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosalyn (Mildred) Seda (96), died on March 1, 2020, at the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford Township, MI.

Sister Rosalyn was born to Marie Ovesny and Frank Seda in Carnegie, PA, in 1923. After her father’s death and her mother’s remarriage, the family moved to Michigan, where young Mildred first came to know our Sisters.  Sr. Rosalyn entered the Congregation in 1939, and served her community and the people of God for nearly 80 years.

Sister Rosalyn began her ministry by preparing meals and performing domestic tasks in convents in Illinois, Michigan and Pennsylvania. She enjoyed baking and preparing special desserts because her “aim was to make people happy and see them enjoy their meals.”

In 1961, Sister Rosalyn was sent to cook at Menscola Convalescent Home in Pontiac, MI. When our Oxford, MI, Sisters opened the Lourdes Nursing Home in 1965, Sister Rosalyn accompanied those residents to their new home and was given the task of managing the Dietary Department as the Food Service Director.

In her zeal to serve the residents of Lourdes, Sister Rosalyn took courses in Food Service Supervision and earned certification as a member of the Hospital Institution and Education of Managers Association. She ministered in the Food Service Department at Lourdes for twenty-three years before becoming a care-giver at Saint Jude Foster Home in Detroit, MI. She continued to volunteer at Saint Jude’s until she entered a ministry of prayer and service at the Oxford, MI, Motherhouse.

Sr. Rosalyn entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Lourdes Senior Community in 2019.

According to her personal annals, one of Sr. Rosalyn’s great joys was attending weekly Scripture Study sessions so that she could explore God’s word with others. She never lost her desire to get to know Jesus better.

Visitation and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on March 6 at the Lourdes Chapel of the Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, in Waterford, MI. Sr. Rosalyn will be interred at Our Lady of Sorrows Cemetery in Oxford, MI, at a later date.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Rosalyn’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Brigid Gregory

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Brigid Gregory

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Brigid (Florence Elizabeth) Gregory (92), died on February 8, 2020, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Mary Brigid was born to Mary Rose Sheehy and Whitney Irwin of Louisville, KY, in 1927. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Spanish from Spaulding College before entering the Congregation in 1948.

She earned her Master’s degree in English from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and taught in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and Tennessee for almost 25 years.

In 1974, Sr. Mary Brigid answered a new call from God to serve the poor and marginalized. She worked with the Peace and Justice Centers in Louisville, KY, and in Memphis, TN, before beginning her work with the elderly and handicapped of Memphis.

Sr. Mary Brigid returned to Kentucky and to teaching in 1980, ministering as an English instructor at St. Catharine College, then serving her Congregation as the St. Catharine Motherhouse Coordinator and Coordinator of Residents.

Sr. Mary Brigid was an active and enthusiastic volunteer both in and out of her Congregation’s ministries, volunteering at St. Agnes Academy, St. Catharine College, and at the St. Catharine Motherhouse.

Speaking at the funeral, her dear friend Sr. Elaine DesRosiers made reference to the readings that Sr. Mary Brigid had chosen “From Isaiah: Fear not. I have called you by name, and you are mine. You are precious in my eyes and glorious, and I love you. She truly loved her calling to religious life.” Sr. Mary Brigid will celebrate her 70th Jubilee on March 7 with the God that she served so faithfully.

Sr. Mary Brigid is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 12 at St. Catharine Hall, St. Catharine, KY.  The funeral Mass was held on February 13 at St. Catharine Hall, and Sr. Mary Brigid was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Brigid’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Conrad Miller

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Conrad Miller

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Conrad (Irene Emilia) Miller (91), died on February 22, 2020, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Mary Conrad was one of eight children born to Anna Gehlen and Conrad Miller of Willowdale, KS. She was educated by our Sisters and felt called to religious life thanks to their example. She entered the Congregation in 1947 and would have celebrated her 70th Jubilee with us this year.

Sr. Mary Conrad received both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master of Arts in Education from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS. She ministered as an educator, administrator, and tutor for more than 40 years in Colorado and in parishes across Kansas.

Sr. Mary Conrad took great pride in her work in education, saying that she delighted in “experiencing the joy of learning” in her students. Even when she took a sabbatical to care for her mother, Sr. Mary Conrad continued to do what she loved, serving as a part-time teacher and tutor. She never lost her desire to form the minds, hearts, and souls of young people, and was still ministering as a volunteer tutor well into her 80’s before she retired to the Great Bend Motherhouse.

Once there, she continued to follow the news from St. Catherine School. She also volunteered as a Motherhouse resident, offering her experience as a tutor and serving at the annual Great Bend Bazaar.

Sr. Mary Conrad Miller is survived by two of her sisters, Leona Henning of Wichita and Alfreda Youngers Bock of Kingman.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 24 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Great Bend. The Funeral Mass was held on February 25 at the Motherhouse Chapel, followed by burial at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Conrad’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Eleanor Tierney

Dominican Sister of Peace Eleanor Tierney

Dominican Sister of Peace Eleanor (Richard Therese) Tierney (85), died on February 21, 2020, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Born an only child to Florence Buckley and Richard Tierney of Providence, RI, Sr. Eleanor learned to have a loving and accepting heart by embracing her step brother James, with whom she had a close relationship.

She graduated from the Rosary Academy in Watertown before entering the Congregation in 1952. She celebrated 65 years of religious life in 2019.

True to her Dominican charism, Sr. Eleanor had a great love of study. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in History and Sociology from Regis College, her Master of Arts in History from Boston College, her Master of Education in Counseling and Student Personnel from the University of Louisville, and her Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University.

Her first ministry was as a teacher, choir director and bursar for St. Michael School in Lowell, MA. She returned to Kentucky in 1966, serving at St. Catharine Academy as a Teacher and Dorm Prefect, as Dean of Student Affairs and Instructor at St. Catharine College, and as her Congregation’s Regional Coordinator in Louisville, KY.

Sr. Eleanor ministered as a family counselor at the Flaget Spirituality Center in Louisville, KY, for more than 20 years before a minor stroke moved her into retirement at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. She was a true example of the “ministry of presence,” sharing her sense of humor and personality with residents, guests and Sisters alike.

In her address at Sr. Eleanor’s funeral mass, Sr. Catherine Mahady, OP, spoke of her generous heart, which led Sr. Eleanor to take on new ministries in community life, such as mentoring several Vietnamese Sisters and serving as Southern Regional Coordinator.

Sr. Eleanor’s greatest joys were her family; her work as a Pastoral Counselor, and Marriage and Family therapist; and, in her personal life, developing a deep personal relationship with God.

Sr. Eleanor is survived by her step-brother, James Barden, his wife Marian and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 27 at Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY. The Funeral Mass was held on February 28 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel, followed by burial at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Eleanor’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Maria Teresa Apalategui

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria Teresa Apalategui

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria Teresa (Cecilia) Apalategui (79), lovingly known in her Community as M.T., died on February 1, 2020, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Maria Teresa was one of five children born to Mollie Barnes and Alfonso Apalategui in Tucson, AZ. At the age of 19, Sister Maria Teresa left her home for New Orleans, where she entered the Congregation in 1959. She once said that leaving her family was the hardest thing that she had ever had to do, but it was the most rewarding decision of her life.

Engraved inside her ring was her personal motto – “To do what I am doing.” She loved serving God and God’s people, and did so faithfully.

Sr. Maria Teresa earned her Bachelor of Arts in Community Service from Mary Rogers College in New York, and her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She put that education, as well as her natural affection, to work serving the poor in Texas, Arizona and Louisiana for the majority of her 58 years of religious life.

She ministered as an advocate for and worked with the poor in Tucson, AZ, for nearly 40 years, first as a facilitator for the elderly in the Diocese, and later, as Associate Director of Tucson Catholic Services, where she served for 10 years.

Sr. Maria Teresa was instrumental in the creation of the Santa Cruz Project, which was dedicated to connecting people with the religious/spiritual, physical/medical, and social services that they needed to improve their lives. She herself spent much of her time in the barrios of the city, home-visiting families to help them find the assistance that they needed.

Always generous with whatever she had, Sr. Maria Teresa also offered technical advice to programs that needed assistance regarding immigration and refugee issues.

After the death of her beloved twin sister Charlotte, Sr. Maria Teresa left Tucson again – this time to live at the St. Catharine Motherhouse in Kentucky. She spent her final ministry of prayer and community service in ministry to her Sisters at the Motherhouse and at the Presbyterian Church’s thrift store, where Hispanic shoppers loved her company.

Sr. Maria Teresa is survived by her brother Carlos Cocio, sister-in-law Shirley Apalategui, and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfonso and Mollie Barnes Apalategui, older brothers Alphonse and Jack, and twin sister Charlotte Apalategui.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on February 6 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.

The funeral liturgy was held at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel on February 7, and Sr. Maria Teresa was buried at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Maria Teresa’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org.

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