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.