In Remembrance of Sister Mary of the Incarnation

One of the original SOLT Sisters, Sister Mary of the Incarnation, peacefully passed away today at age 100 at her residence in Bosque, New Mexico. She was surrounded by her sisters and the mission work she loved.

Sister Mary of the Incarnation was born in Boston in 1915. She recalled, in a 2010 account of her life story, that one of her earliest memories was a statue of Mary she often admired in her parents’ bedroom. “I remember I would go into that room to look at a lovely little statue of the Blessed Mother…in that bright, sunny room upstairs.” This beautiful sacramental within her home captured her attention and devotion even as a small child and perhaps planted a seed for her future vocation.

Prayer and devotion permeated Sister’s family. Each day her family prayed the Rosary. Priests were frequent guests at family meals. Her family attended every parish mission, and her mother sent her on errands to request Masses to be said for dying family members. She attended Catholic schools taught by the Notre Dame Sisters. These experiences cultivated her love for Christ in her formative years.

During her college years, Sister decided to work towards her teaching degree and followed that with her Master’s degree in education. Upon completion, she was hired by the state college to train teachers. It was during this time that she attended retreats and felt the call of God to serve Him as a religious sister. Her introduction to Father Flanagan in 1953 began this journey towards becoming a part of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, which Father Flanagan was then working to establish.

She entered the postulancy for the Society on May 24, 1959 with the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield, Connecticut. As a congregation founded by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, the Daughters of Wisdom provided her with the essential tools for her work as a SOLT sister.

The Daughters of Wisdom received her into full profession as a religious sister, and her final profession was later celebrated at a Solemn High Mass on December 12 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Holman, New Mexico. She was appointed Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and served four years in that position.

Sister Mary of the Incarnation’s life was testimony to her enduring faith to Our Lord through his Holy Mother and the service that devotion compelled her to seek. She worked to establish many of the SOLT mission sites in the United States and throughout the world. Her example of faith and service was exemplary of the SOLT Sisters’ charism, living out the discipleship of Jesus through Mary in Trinitarian communion while serving those in deepest apostolic need.

May her soul find its eternal rest in the perpetual light of Christ in union with our Blessed Mother and all His angels and saints.

Father Paul Dou Makes His Perpetual Promises


Faith runs deep in Father Paul Dou’s family. For about four hundred years, Catholicism has permeated through the generations of his ancestors in China, producing many religious and priestly vocations. Father Dou is one of those beneficiaries of this abiding faith in Christ and His Beloved Church.

After attending the seminary in Beijing, China, Father Dou came to the United States to study philosophy at Holy Apostles College and Seminary for a year. During that time, he encountered SOLT seminarians studying for the priesthood, the Blount brothers, Jim and Tony, who would later be ordained for the Society. He kept in contact with them after that year when he went to work for the Archdiocese of New York.

In New York, Father Dou ministered to the Chinese community, helping people with immigration issues, teaching catechism classes, and preparing couples for marriage as well as assisting in the daily sacramental life of the parishes. Providentially, all the parishes he served were named in honor of Our Lady. He became convinced that God was leading him to one day join a congregation devoted to the Blessed Mother.

After twelve years of working in the city, Father Dou made the decision to join SOLT as a novice priest. He has been a part of the Society since then, serving in various mission sites. Nine years of formation in SOLT has prepared Father Paul Dou, now stationed in Bosque, New Mexico, to make his perpetual promises as a member of this community steeped in Marian devotion with a charism for mission work. This celebration of his promises took place at Holy Mass on Sunday, November 1. Please remember to pray for Father Dou and all our priests whose faith and dedication to the Church continues to nourish Her members with the sacramental love of Christ.

SOLT Celebrates Pope Francis’ Historic U.S. Visit

All this past week, members of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity commemorated Pope Francis’ visit to the United States. Some members traveled to Pennsylvania and Washington D.C. for an up-close look, while others followed the events through many different media sources.


IMG_1848For the students at Most Holy Trinity School in Phoenix, AZ, Pope Francis’ visit inspired a creative presentation. “Pope Francis came to Most Holy Trinity today!” exclaimed Sister Mary Claire Strasser. She explained that the student council had created a skit to educate their fellow students about the Pope’s visit to the Americas.



While some enjoyed this “upfront” encounter with tIMG_10451he Holy Father, others were surprised by last minute tickets to papal events. Sister Megan, General Sister Servant received a ticket for the Canonization Mass of Saint Junipero Serra in Washington, D.C. She shared her pictures from outside of the Basilica National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Joining Sister Megan for this event was Sister Mary Elizabeth Albers, who had started her journey in Philadephia at the World Meeting of Families and detoured down to D.C. for the Mass. Her video messages have been shared through SOLT’s Facebook page. “I saw Pope Francis in the flesh!” Though she was a distance away, she recounted, “I was close enough to smell the incense.”



Father Brady Williams accompanied two of the men’s novitiate members to Philadelphia and joined Sister Mary Elizabeth on her journey from to D.C. While there, they found Father Peter Marsalek, General Priest Servant of SOLT and Sister Megan. The event of the Canonization Mass particularly drew members of the SOLT community, as the charism of SOLT is rooted in Christ’s work in the missions.


Meanwhile, Sister Miriam James Heidland remained in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. She spoke at the Youth Congress and was interviewed by Ascension Press. “When you come to events like this and you see that the Church is vibrant and alive…it really gives your faith a boost.”

SOLT Mission Schools: Faith in Action

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SOLT serves a variety of different mission areas, many of which include schools. These schools provide structure and formation to children who might not otherwise have access to Catholic education. Priests, brothers, sisters, lay members and volunteers of SOLT continue to assist in this important endeavor.

Sister Kateri Marie has been teaching at St. Ann’s grade school in Belcourt, North Dakota for the past five years. As the summer nears its end, she prepares lesson plans and makes her classroom ready to instruct and inspire her young pupils who live on the Turtle Mountain Reservation. Her experience as a teacher at St. Ann’s grooms her for a new year with unique challenges and opportunities to grow in faith. She says her students inspire her with their faith.

“The students at St. Ann’s absorb and soak up the faith. They get excited when they are asked to lead prayers. They then go and share what they have learned with their family. Their enthusiasm to serve at Mass and to learn about Christ inspires me. They show Christian leadership at such a remarkable age.”

Sister Mary Claire teaches 5th-8th grade Social Studies at Most Holy Trinity School in Phoenix, Arizona. In four years, the school has doubled in size, and recently underwent some much needed renovations with thanks to a generous donation by the Shea Foundation. Sister Claire said the renovations have given everyone “a fresh start.”

“Serving in a school is challenging and busy, but I can’t think of any other apostolate where I have a chance to bring 75 children to an encounter with Christ and to help form them each day. It’s a gift and a privilege.”

“Home of the Trinity” Under Construction in Iowa

Areas of deepest apostolic need are not always visible to the naked eye. Spiritual needs can sometimes be difficult to realize for a missionary disciple. For Sister Marie Hesed, that need has been identified and remedied by a vision for the future in the Diocese of Sioux City, Iowa.

Before she joined SOLT, Sister Marie Hesed belonged to the Missionaries of Charity. Her work among the poorest of the poor led her to cultivate a shared garden where learning and working became intertwined with the practicality of providing food for the hungry. Of course, lessons about God’s abundant banquet of everlasting love complemented the work that was sustaining them physically. Sister Hesed’s little gardening project, and the inspiration that grew from it, provided a foundation for a big idea that was yet to bear fruit.

Sister Hesed has described the call that led to her entrance into SOLT in 2003 as a “call within a call.” Her commitment to this call brought her to Iowa where 31 acres of donated land brought the vision into clearer focus. Domus Trinitatis, or “Home of the Trinity” was envisioned with a strategic plan that would gain momentum in the following years.

Since 2012, local volunteers, inspired by Sister Hesed’s dream, have worked to fundraise, donate, pray, and support the efforts of SOLT through their dedication to this project. Because of their countless hours of work and admirable organization, the first phase of the building project, the convent, began this past spring.

The following excerpts are taken from the Domus Trinitatis website:

“Domus Trinitatis will be a place where missionaries can come between assignments to be renewed and learn about sustainable agriculture to take back on their missions, but it will also be a place for Priests, Sisters, couples, single people and families to come to spend time in creation, learn, and be renewed. Domus Trinitatis is unique because there will be no charge for retreats, thereby allowing anyone to attend. Just as from the start, we will sustain Domus Trinitatis by donations, cottage industries, God’s will, and the support of those who faithfully believe in giving everyone a place to find renewal.”

“There will eventually be hermitages (small houses for people attend a retreat to stay in), a stand-alone Chapel, a home for a SOLT Priest to live on site, a Rosary walk, coffee shop, orchards, gardens, greenhouses, a pond, barns, and more.”

With gratitude, we offer our prayers of thanksgiving for the efforts of the people of Iowa. Their spirit of service and sacrifice is humbling to witness. It is a call for all of us to respond to God’s work in our lives with generosity and joy. May God abundantly bless the efforts of all involved in the Domus Trinitatis project.

An Occasion of Celebration and Remembrance

sister-99thOne of the original SOLT Sisters, Sister Mary of the Incarnation, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 19, 2015. A milestone such as this calls to mind a precious piece of history, the early days of SOLT, in which men and women responded to the call to serve in areas of deepest need in union Jesus and through the intercession of Mary.

As a fledgling movement, Archbishop Edwin V. Byrne of the Diocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, established the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity as a Pious Society. Sister Mary Incarnation entered the postulancy for the Society on May 24, 1959 with the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom in Litchfield, Connecticut. As a congregation founded by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, the Daughters of Wisdom provided Sr. Mary of the Incarnation with the essential tools for her work as a SOLT sister.

SIster Mary of the Incarnation was professed into full religious life in 1960 at the Daughters of Wisdom Novitiate in Litchfield, Connecticut and later at a celebration Solemn High Mass on December 12 in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Holman, New Mexico. She was appointed Superior of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity and served four years in that position.

In 1964, SOLT was welcomed into the Diocese of Kansas City- St. Joseph and quickly spread into many different mission outreach sites throughout the world including Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Africa, Thailand, the Philippines, Haiti, Russia, England, Italy, China, as well as many other mission sites throughout the United States.

Sister Mary of the Incarnation worked to establish many of these mission sites and continues to inspire us with her history of service and her unwavering faith in Our Lord and devotion to His Blessed Mother.

To Wake Up the World

2015 year of consecrated life logoPreparations are underway for the 2015 American Region Assembly of SOLT members. It is a highly anticipated event in which members come together to renew friendships, enjoy each others’ company, learn about the progress of the missions, and revitalize our shared charism so that we return reinvigorated to our various areas of service to “Wake Up the World,” as Pope Francis has called for in this year’s motto for consecrated life.

Inspired by the vision of Pope Francis, our theme this year is entitled, To Wake Up the World: The Missionary Dimension of Discipleship and SOLT. The dates have been set for July 13-17. The assembly begins on Monday afternoon at 1 pm with registration and welcome. Events are still being finalized for the week, but some of the highlights will include the Mass with lay renewal of commitment on Tuesday evening, Mass with Brothers’ and Sisters’ renewal of promises on Wednesday evening, and Mass with Sisters’ first profession of vows on Thursday night.

Also on Thursday night, expect to be entertained and amazed as some of our own SOLT members demonstrate their talent on stage following a Family Night BBQ. It is a night to celebrate as family the friendship and love of Christ and His Church.

The week promises to be an event full of the joy of Our Lady, as she contemplates the communion of the Trinity and intercedes for us as her precious children. To Jesus through Mary!

March for Life 2015: Hope and Foreboding

January in the Tropics; January in the Nation’s Capital

What a difference twelve months can make. Last year at this time I was serving in Benque Viejo, Belize, fully immersed in the joys and sorrows of our busy SOLT mission at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish.  The sad anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion, passed with hardly a ripple in that Caribbean/Central American country where the Culture of Death has only recently begun to make its inroads.

In April of 2014, however, I was reassigned back to the United States- to Kansas City, as it turns out. And so it was that when January 22nd rolled around this year I found myself participating in the 42nd annual March for Life protesting the Court’s heinous ruling. With about 200 fellow pilgrims from the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, I marched to the steps of that same Court whose ruling has caused an estimated 50 million deaths through abortion. One speaker dubbed our peaceful protest (about 500,000 in all) “The largest civil rights march ever.”

Pro-Life: Sine qua Non for SOLT

If the opportunity to participate in the March for Life was a novelty for me, protesting Roe v. Wade in less dramatic ways was not.  To be a member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity by definition is to be pro-life, as longtime member Nikki Sullivan informed me back in 1985 when I applied to the community. In an informal interview over the phone, she gently asked where I stood on the issue.  Upon hearing that I was pro-life, and had openly protested abortion, Nikki voiced her approval: this was one issue on which SOLT was unanimous, she informed me.  Since becoming a member, I have prayed from time to time in front of the abortion mill in Corpus Christi, TX, like SOLT laity, priests, brothers and sisters.

March for Life 2015: Joy, Hope, Energy

Never having participated in a March for Life before, I hadn’t anticipated the joy, hope and energy of our protest, especially on the part of the youth. Truthfully, I was unprepared for the exuberance and steady confidence with which they proclaimed “We are the pro-fife generation!” and “We will end abortion in our time!”  The kids I met made it easy to believe what one of our rally speakers proclaimed: that of all the age groups, young people are the most pro-life. Talking with teens like Paige and Naomi from Benedictine College (below), I was left with an unexpected gift of hope: Yes, I believe it. Yes, I think legalized abortion will end in our times – largely because of this rising generation!

Steps of the Supreme Court: March’s End, Intercession’s Beginning

Our three-hour long March for Life ended on the steps of the Supreme Court – the institution whose 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision resulted in the impeccably legal deaths of millions of babies in the womb. Once each group reached its destination it reversed direction, moving against the sea of packed humanity towards Union Station and home.

The Supreme Court in the background; pushing against the tide as I return to ordinary life. The more I think about it, the more fitting the symbolism appears – and not only, unfortunately, in terms of abortion.

On Friday, January 16, 2015 the Supreme Court announced its intention to rule on whether states can ban gay unions.* As I write, 36 of 50 states allow these pseudo-marriages.  If the Court rules that states cannot forbid these unnatural arrangements (despite the frequent disapproval of the electorate), how will this country, and the world, change?  What will it mean for our children and grandchildren to live in a world where marriage as instituted by God is seen as merely one possible living arrangement? Will gay couples be content to peacefully coexist with those who uphold the sanctity of marriage?  St. John the Baptist, pray for us. (Mk. 6:18); St. Thomas More, pray for us; Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, pray for us.

Submitted by Sr. Mary Katherine Malmros, SOLT

*Marriage by definition is the permanent union of a man and a woman.  Speaking of gay “marriage” creates a linguistic and hence cultural beachhead for its acceptance.  In the war between the Culture of Life and the Culture of Death, language is the first casualty.

March for Life Collage

Benedictine College students Paige( r) and Naomi, latest in a long line of Raven Pro-Lifers.

Bp. Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph said Mass for the pilgrims from his diocese and joined them in the March.

Sr. Mary Katherine Malmros, SOLT, in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Never too young to work for the Culture of Life.

Obituary for Mary Loehr, Consecrated Widow of SOLT

Mary M. Loehr, 98, of Wheat Ridge. Passed away at her home surrounded by her family on December 21. Wife of the late Cornelius “Connie” Loehr. Mother of Sister Margaret Mary, Jim Loehr and Tom (Tissa) Loehr. Sister of Flo VanCamp-Tofani. Also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Rosary Monday December 29, 7:00 PM., with Funeral Mass Tuesday December 30, 10:30 AM., both at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 3900 Pierce St,. Wheat Ridge. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Saints Peter and Paul School Windows Fund or Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, PO Box 4116 Corpus Christi, TX 78469.