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.

Sisters Celebrate 25 Years of Religious Life

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On September 29, 2014, the Feast of the Archangels, three of our sisters celebrated twenty five years of vowed Religious Life. Sr. Maria Asuncion Gonzales, serving in Robstown, Texas, Sr. Maria Reina Ramirez, serving in Colon, Mexico, and Sr. Maria Marta Umul, serving in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The sisters traveled to their home country of Guatemala to celebrate their silver jubilee with their families and the local SOLT Community.

Sr. Asuncion, Sr. Reina, and Sr. Marta first entered SOLT in Melchor de Mencos in the Peten region of Guatemala and began their formation with the legendary missionary, Fr. John McHugh, SOLT, and Sr. Mary John Simon, SOLT.  Over the years, they have been assigned in a number of our houses around the world and have followed faithfully in the missionary footsteps of Fr. John and Sr. John!

Each sister was honored in her home parish with family and friends, music, food, and fun. The celebrations were each a tremendous witness of fidelity to Our Lord and a sign of hope for the entire People of God. The love and fraternal camaraderie shared among these sisters was a visible witness as they traveled from village to village to be present at each other’s celebration.

May they continue to witness the great joy of being called and chosen to belong solely to God.

Congratulations to our three dear sisters!

Thank you for your witness of love and fidelity to Our Lord, the Eternal Bridegroom!