Sister Mary Carmen Sandoval, SOLT
September 25, 1928-October 7, 2018
Sister Mary Carmen (Margarita Sandoval), SOLT was born to Canuto and Francisquita Sandoval on September 25, 1928 in El Carmen, New Mexico, located in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Sister Mary Carmen was the fifth of nine children born to the Sandoval family. Having been devoted to a life of deep prayer even as a young girl, she continued to practice her faith as a young adult. As a young woman, she would walk several miles to go to Mass, habitually prayed the rosary and the Stations of the Cross, and read many books about the Catholic faith. In her parish, she taught catechism classes, prepared children for first holy communion and was an active member of the Legion of Mary.
After attending college and working for a few years, Margarita (Sister Mary Carmen) entered the postulancy in the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1964 in Holman, New Mexico. She made her first profession of vows in 1966 and received the name of Sister Mary Carmen.
Sister Mary Carmen was professed for fifty-two years. During the course of her religious life, she served in a number of missions including Kansas City, Missouri and Chiapas, Mexico. For many years, Sr. Mary Carmen traveled with an ecclesial team of SOLT priests, brothers, sisters and lay members from Texas to Indiana to serve the spiritual and material needs of our migrant brothers and sisters. Additionally, she was also responsible for the formation of women aspiring to consecrated life within SOLT.
In 1994, Sister Mary Carmen was appointed the first American Regional Sister Servant of SOLT. She served as the Regional Sister Servant until 2002. After she completed her term of office, Sister Mary Carmen was assigned at St. Anthony’s Parish in Robstown, Texas until her health declined. She spent her last years in Robstown praying and suffering for all of God’s people. Sr. Mary Carmen was called home to eternal life on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, 2018 surrounded by her Sisters.
Sr. Mary Carmen was preceded in death by her parents Canuto and Francisquita and her sisters Victoria, Ida and Elvira. She is survived by her siblings Martin, Gloria, Eloisa, Elesia and Emilio and the members of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Her Mass of Christian Burial was at St. Gertrude’s Parish in Mora at 10am on Friday October 12, 2018 preceded by the rosary.
Homily by Fr. Peter Marsalek, SOLT
Eulogy by Sr. Megan Mary Thibodeau, SOLT