We Remember Sr. Mary Sheila Felix was born Florence Felix on January 15, 1915, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Herry and Anabel Felix. During World War I, her entire family contracted the Spanish flu. Her mother died of double pneumonia and Spanish flu, but before her death, two Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis helped Anabel to consecrate her family to the Blessed Mother. Florence was the middle child of three boys and two girls. Since her father was unable to raise the children, they were placed in St. Aloysius Orphanage, Cincinnati. From there she entered Notre Dame Academy in Covington, Kentucky, and became an aspirant. After graduation, she joined the Sisters of Notre Dame and made her profession of vows on August 13, 1935. Having been consecrated to Mary when she was small, Sister Mary Sheila developed a great devotion to the Blessed Mother. Each day she prayed the Memorare before Mary’s statue.
Sister Mary Sheila held a Master’s Degree in English and a minor in Latin and French. She taught music, loved to sing, and sometimes served as organist for church services. Sister Mary Sheila taught in elementary schools in Ohio and Kentucky, including nineteen years at Notre Dame Academy. Her last place of ministry was St. Columban School, Loveland, Ohio, where she spent fifteen years tutoring, doing daily chores, and interacting with the Primetimers organization for retired persons. Sister Mary Sheila also studied and composed poetry. Her poems were collected into two books entitled Desert in Bloom.
Sister Mary Sheila became a resident in Lourdes Hall and was often seen in the chapel serving as a source of prayer for various intentions. As she stated, her prayer was “mostly a passionate love of God and Mary in action.” Sister Mary Sheila celebrated her 100th birthday on January 15, 2015, and was looking forward to her Jubilee of Peace this summer, marking 80 years of religious profession. However, on the feast of the Annunciation, March 25, 2015, her Heavenly Mother called her home. Services for Sister Mary Sheila were held March 27, 2015, at the Sisters of Notre Dame Provincial Center.
SND Associate Johnie Glendening, joined the Catholic Church in 2000, was active in the Cursillo movement, and became an Ultreya leader.
Johnie first met the Sisters of Notre Dame when he was a patient at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, KY. In 2008, Johnie and his wife, Sylvia, made their covenant as Associates of Notre Dame. Johnie wanted to become an Associate because he believed in the ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame, and he wanted to take an active part in spreading God’s goodness and provident care to all, especially to the poor, the sick and the marginalized. of
Despite his ill health, Johnie was very faithful in meeting with his formation companion, Sr. Margaret Mary Mouch. Johnie’s faith was deep, strong and sincere-he trusted God in all things. Shortly before Johnie’s death on July 25, 2015, he and Sylvia moved from their home in Morehead to be with family in Michigan. Johnie and Sylvia have seven children and twenty-one grandchildren. “Johnie, you are missed.”
Helen Mary Mullikin
In a 2012 letter written to Sr. Mary Renee Nienaber, Associate Helen Mary Mullikin, paralleled her experience as an Associate to that of C.S. Lewis in his biography Surprised By Joy. Both Helen and Lewis knew that there was something more in life. For Helen Mary this something more was being an Associate and expressed this in the words: “ Blessed are the Notre Dame Associates for they shall experience joy and contentment.”
Helen Mary often stated that joy came to her because she trusted God’s Providence, matured in spirituality, and was consistently grateful, even when seriously challenged. She ministered to others through her kindness, her smile, and her thoughtful notes to those in need. Helen Mary was a nurse, mother of ten, grandmother to twentyfour, and a great-grandmother. We at Notre Dame knew her as a very intelligent woman, a prolific writer, dedicated Associate, and one who truly lived her baptismal call to holiness.
The Pulse • Fall 2015
Published on Sep 18, 2015
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