Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemarie Robinson

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemarie Robinson

Dominican Sister of Peace Rosemarie (Margery Ann) Robinson, 89, died on December 1, 2018, at the Regina Health Care Center of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Akron, OH. Described as “gracious, kindly, diligent, wise, competent, capable, good-humored, generous, ingenious, and outstanding,” Sr. Rosemarie celebrated 70 years of religious life this year.

Born in Youngstown, OH, in 1929, Sr. Rosemarie was one of nine children born to Anne Helbig and George Robinson. She entered religious life in 1946, following the example of her sister, Sr. Bernadine, who is also a Dominican Sister of Peace.

Sister Rosemarie earned her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1958 and her Master of Science in Education in 1966 from St. John College of Cleveland. True to the Dominican charism, she also continued her studies with courses at Ball State, Kent State, Siena Heights and the University of Dayton.

Sr. Rosemarie took her love of learning and study to her early ministry, serving as a teacher and educational administrator at schools in Akron, Barberton, Cleveland and Doylestown, OH. Beyond teaching her elementary and middle school students, she also served as a mentor and guide for the teachers on her staffs.

She was an active and important support to her founding congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Akron. She was elected Second Councilor in 1969, and served as President from 1973 to 1981. She was thrilled to preside over the burning of the million-dollar mortgage in 1976.

Her educational experience was put to good use as she served as business manager, personnel director and maintenance coordinator at Our Lady of the Elms, and on various committees as well.

As first Co-delegate for Religious and later Delegate for the Diocese of Cleveland, Sr. Rosemarie used her gifts of leadership and foresight to enhance the lives and spirit of the religious in the diocese. In her final years, she served the people of God and her Sisters in a ministry of prayer and presence at our Akron Motherhouse and at the Regina Care Center.

In the history of the Dominican Sisters of Akron, A Moment of Grace, Sr. Diana Culbertson, OP, wrote “Sr. Rosemarie’s years of leadership would test her skills as a calm administrator … She offered the kind of quiet steadiness at the helm that the community needed in tumultuous times. If she ever became exasperated at unpredictable events and crises that she would inevitably face, her demeanor consistently suggested that all was under control-and it usually was. ”

Sr. Rosemarie is survived by three sisters, Anita Watson, Coletta and Sister Bernadine Robinson, OP. She was preceded in death by her parents, Anne and George, her brothers, George and Richard, and three sisters, Eileen Macupa, Kathleen and Rosemary.

A Memorial Mass was be held at Our Lady of the Elms Convent Chapel in Akron, OH, on Thursday, December 6. Sr. Rosemarie was interred at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, OH.

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

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Sister Elaine Osborne, OP

Sister Elaine Osborne, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine Osborne, OP, (Frances Jeanette) (79) died October 28, 2018 at the Great Bend Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

Sister Elaine, one of two children, was born in 1938 in Shattuck, OK, to Helen Tillemans and Edward McClain Osborne. Elaine entered consecrated life in 1954 as a high school student, and faithfully lived her vows for more than 60 years.

Sister Elaine earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Marymount College and a Master of Arts in English from Oklahoma State University. She spent 25 years teaching elementary and junior high students in Kansas and Oklahoma. She took a great deal of joy in sharing her love of writing with them, making sure her that first graders had a solid foundation and a love of learning.

A poet and writer, Elaine was a consistent and creative participant in the development of the Dominican Cluster, which ultimately led to the founding of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She was also the Great Bend KS representative to the Dominican Communication Network, and among the first communicators to form the OPCOMNET in 1995.

Sister Elaine might be best remembered for her own writing.  She spent many years at the Pilgrim House of Praise writing and in the Communications Office in the Great Bend Motherhouse, where she served the founding and present Congregation as its communicator for more than 30 years. Her work can be found throughout the writings of the Congregation, including its Constitution and several annual reports.

From her childhood, Sr. Elaine was connected and passionate about Earth and nature. It was a constant theme in her writing, and her personal journals featured not only writings but lovely pencil drawings. She delighted in any opportunity to commune quietly in God’s creation, and to record it in her poems and writings.

A Vigil service for Sr. Elaine was held on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Great Bend Motherhouse. The Funeral mass was held on Wednesday, October 31. Sr. Elaine Osborne was laid to rest at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend, KS.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Elaine Osborne’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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Sister Mary Carla Golom, OP

Sr. Mary Carla Golom, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Carla Golom, OP, (Gertrude Ann) (87) died at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on October 27, 2018.

Sr. Mary Carla was born in1931 in Chicago, IL. She was the daughter of Elizabeth Smith and John Conrad Golom, and one of three siblings. She entered religious life in 1948.

Sr. Mary Carla earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Theatre Arts and Education from Regis College in Weston, MA, and a Master of Arts in Speech Education from Emerson College, Boston, MA.

Sister Carla ministered as an educator on the elementary, high school and college levels in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio and West Virginia for nearly 20 years.

After taking a brief sabbatical to care for her parents, Sr. Mary Carla served as a teacher of ESL with the Hispanic community at Saint John Berchman and the Aquinas Literacy Center. She also served as a resource person while studying in the Office for Divine Worship in Chicago.

Sr. Mary Carla loved working with both St. John Berchman and the Aquinas Center, as it afforded her the opportunity to truly serve the marginalized, and to be part of a welcoming community.

SisterCarla also served her Community as the Midwest Regional Coordinator, as an English tutor at St. Catharine College, and as a volunteer at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. In her reflection at Sr. Mary Carla’s service, Sr. Elaine DesRosiers recalls that many of her students in Kentucky still credit her for her skill as a writer and an instructor.

Sr. Mary Carla is survived by her brother, John Golom, and nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The Mass of Christian Burial was also held at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel, on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Sr. Mary Carla Golom was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Carla Golom’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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Sister Elaine Marie Carey, OP

Sr. Elaine Carey, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine Marie Carey, OP,(Elaine Jean) (94) died at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on October 26, 2018.

Sr. Elaine Marie was born in 1924, one of the two children of Cecile Frederick and Raymond Charles Carey of Memphis, TN. She entered religious life in 1944. Sr. Elaine Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics, English, Education and Philosophy from Siena College in Memphis, TN, and a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Catherine Spalding College in Louisville, KY. She also studied Theology and Pastoral Counseling at St. Louis University as well.

Sr. Elaine Marie served as a teacher and administrator in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Nebraska for twenty-five years. In her reflection at Sr. Elaine Marie’s service, Sr. Rose Cummins, who had her as a teacher and later lived with her as a Sister, described her as, “A teacher who expected the best from her students and challenged them to move beyond their comfort zones… but the twinkle in her eye and her smile told us that while she meant business, she enjoyed a little monkey business.”

Sr. Elaine Marie followed both her God and the needs of the times, answering the call to change her personal ministry as the community required. She served as a religious Education Consultant in Omaha, NE, then as a Director of Religious Education in Illinois and Kentucky, then returned to study at St. Louis University to prepare for ministries as a Chaplain at two Louisville hospitals. She also served her Community as a volunteer at the St. Catharine Motherhouse and Sansbury Care Center.

In 2005, she became a resident of Sansbury Care Center and began her final ministry of prayer and presence.

Sr. Elaine Marie was preceded in death by her parents and her brother. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Audrey Carey, and nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY, on Thursday, November 1, 2018. The funeral liturgy was also held at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel on Friday, November 2, 2018. Sr. Elaine Marie Carey was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery.

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

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Sr. Mary Carmel Lectora, OP

Sr. Mary Carmel Lectora, left, along with Sr. Mary Daniels, right, served as a witness to the temporary profession of Sr. Ana Gonzalez, center, in 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Carmel Lectora, OP, (96) died at the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, OH, on October 12, 2018.

Sr. Mary Carmel was born in 1922 in Guayma, Puerto Rico, one of the seven children born to Elisa Desrrivieres and Pablo Lectora. She entered the congregation in 1951, made first profession in 1954, and final profession in 1957.

Sr. Mary Carmel held a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of Puerto Rico – a degree she earned when she was in her 70’s.

Sr. Mary Carmel was a dedicated member of our retreat staff, serving at facilities in New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. She did everything that she could to make the retreat experience prayerful and fulfilling for all who attended. She wanted to make every encounter, with every person, one of love and joy, just as her own encounter with Christ was so joyful.

Sr. Carmel was much loved by many of the younger Sisters in our Congregation, and by those who remember her from their younger days. At Sr. Carmel’s service, one Sister remembered that when she was a temporary professed sister, they were given a limited amount of time to socialize or play games with their Perpetually Professed Sisters –time was measured by a clock on the wall. Sr. Carmel would turn back the hands of the clock so that the younger Sisters could stay longer, wanting to spend more time with them and make them feel welcome.

Sr. Mary Carmel was preceded in death by her parents; Pablo Lectora Fantozzi and Elisa Desrrivieres Lebron, her brothers, Pablo Lectora, Jr. Harry Pablo Lectora, Pablo A. Lectora and her sisters, Marie Teresa Lectora Asch and Anna Carmen Lectora Tiburcio. She is survived by her sister, Esther J. Soffio and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Columbus, OH, on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. The funeral liturgy was also held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

A memorial mass was held on Thursday, November 1, at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, NY, and Sr. Mary Carmel was interred at St. Agnes Cemetery in Menands, NY.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Carmel Lectora’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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