“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.

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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.

Lay renewals on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

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Today, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a number of SOLT lay members are renewing their commitment to the community. Miguel and Ada Segovia, Joe and Jackie Hernandez, and Julianne Herrera will renew their committed membership. They have continued their spiritual and theological formation with SOLT and serve on the Christ the King ecclesial family team in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Anthony and Tessa Perez will enter a corporate lay contract today, as well. Anthony and Tessa have made the 33-day St. Louis de Montfort Consecration and have received spiritual formation through the American regional lay council.

Congratulations to all of them and thank you for your dedication to the Church!

Congratulations Mark and Natasha!

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On Saturday, December 6, 2014, the Nuptial Mass of Natasha Josephine Hermann and Mark Christopher Baca was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Los Chavez, NM, (just north of Belen.).  Fr. Dan Estes was the main celebrant, Fr. James Flanagan delivered the homily, and Fr. John McHugh concelebrated.

The wedding was attended by many members of both families, as well as many members of SOLT.  One of the special moments came when both sets of parents prayed blessings over each of the newlyweds.

Natasha has been a long-standing member of SOLT since the time she served in Our Lady’s mission in Benque in 2001, and then again from 2005-2007.  For the last several years she has lived in Bosque, NM serving with Our Lady’s community there.

We are rejoiced for Mark and Natasha and their new life together.  And we ask the special blessing of the Most Holy Trinity and Our Lady upon them.

Pictured with Mark and Natasha are Natasha’s sister Katie, Fr. James Flanagan, SOLT Founder (seated) and Fr. John McHugh, SOLT Co-founder

Obituary for Fr. John Hickey

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Fr. John Mary Joseph Riley Hickey, 85, went to be with our Heavenly Father on Saturday, November 08, 2014. He was born on October 02, 1929 in Shawnee, Oklahoma to Maurice A. Hickey and Cecilia Riley Hickey. He proudly served our country in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was ordained a priest in 1996 and will be deeply missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Joanne Sissons, Helen Dieter; and a brother, Maurice Hickey, Jr.

He is survived by his brothers and sisters, Mary Mica of Austin, Texas, Ethleen H. Mikolajczak of Deer Park, Texas, Kelvin L. (Esther) Hickey, Dennis M. (Mollie) Hickey both of Pasadena, Texas, and Donald J. (Irene) Hickey of Richmond, Texas. He will also be missed by his numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2pm on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Our Lady of Corpus Christi in Corpus Christi, Texas. Burial will take place in Amarillo, Texas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity at Our Lady of Corpus Christi, 1200 Lantana St., Corpus Christi, Texas 78407.

Obituary for Fr. Vincent A. Nicosia, SOLT

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Fr. Vincent Nicosia, age 87, who was born on March 10, 1927 in Brooklyn, NY and a resident of Bosque, NM went to be with our Lord on Wednesday, November 05, 2014. He was the first-born son of Anthony and Vincenza (Anna Ingrassia) Nicosia. He attended P.S. 202 and Boys High School in Brooklyn but never graduated. He proudly served in the United States Navy for two years towards the end of WWII. After he was honorably discharged from the service he attended a Technical Institute receiving a diploma in electronics. For some years he was employed as a TV technician until he and his brother moved out to Santa Monica, CA where they were both employed by Douglas Aircraft Company as electronic technicians in the missile division. It was during this period that he met and married Goldie Inzer, a widow with three children. After some 16 years with the then MacDonald Douglas Corp. (presently Boeing) he took a lay off rather than make a move with the company to another state. He then ventured into becoming a General Contractor doing alterations and remodeling to homes. After some 15 years as a contractor and the passing of his wife after a long illness, he discontinued the business and returned to school. It wasn’t very long after the death of his wife that he felt the calling by the Lord to follow in His footsteps. He was accepted at Holy Apostles College & Seminary in Connecticut with the goal of being ordained a Catholic priest. After having become a professed member of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, he was ordained at his home parish of St. Louis de Montfort in Santa Monica, CA on October 24, 1992 at the age of 65. After ordination he was made pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in La Joya, NM. After 8 ½ years as pastor, he retired from the parish at the age of 75. Returning to the Formation Center in Bosque, NM, he continued to work as Director of Financial Development for the Society.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved wife, Goldie Inzer Nicosia; step-daughter, Sondra Shlanta and husband, Alexis; brothers, Charles and Albert Nicosia; and brother-in-law, Robert Baer.

Fr. Vincent is survived by his step-son, Eugene Inzer and wife, Anita; step-daughter, Brenda Miklos; granddaughter, Norelle Shlanta; sister, Grace Baer; brother, Joseph Nicosia and wife, Marcia; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

All services will be held at Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church, beginning with a Viewing on Friday, November 14th at 6:00 p.m.with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Final Viewing will be held on Saturday, November 15th at 10:00 a.m. with a Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be held at the Santa Maria Catholic Cemetery on Friday, November 21st.