Thursday, November 29, 2007

Sister Celestine

It is with great sadness and joy that I ask for prayers for Sister Celestine Pulido who died this morning suddenly after a short battle with a complicated condition I never really understood. I also ask for prayer for her family. It is always so hard to let go...
Sister Celi, as she was affectionately known among the Sisters, was a native of Brownsville, Texas, and she entered into religious life with the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, on August, 14th, 1955.

Sister Mary Celestine’s first encounter with the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament Sisters was at the Catholic elementary school, Immaculate Conception, where she attended during her early years. Sister Mary Celestine emphasized the fact that the sisters who taught at Immaculate Conception school were her “first teachers”. During her junior year at Villa Maria High School, she began to discern about becoming a religious sister. Two of the Incarnate Word sisters that made an important impact on her life, and served as her inspiration upon entering the convent, were Sister Mary Claude McManus and Sister Mary Bernard Mehan.

Sister Mary Celestine didn’t find making the decision to enter into religious life difficult; however, her father had other plans for his only daughter. Her father wanted her to enter into the field of nursing, but that was not to be. The call for religious life was too strong and soon proved to overrule her father’s plan for her. He finally decided to let her enter at the age of nineteen.

Sister Mary Celestine served in many ministries, primarily in school administration and teaching. When asked the question what has been the best part of being a sister, her response was “The greatest joy of my religious life has and always will be administering to the people of God, and serving others”. Sister Mary Celestine recently celebrated her fiftieth Golden Jubilee of religious life. May she rest in peace. Praised be the Incarnate Word!


Sister Julie said...

My prayers are with you, your sisters, and Sister Celestine's family. Blessings. Sister Julie, IHM

sr betsy said...

Know that you and your Sisters are in my prayers at this time. Please pray for our congregation, too - we lost two Sisters this month.