"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

“Be diligent in serving
the poor. Love the poor,
honor them, my children,
as you would honor
Christ Himself.”

St. Louise de Marillac

 

Remembering S. Marie Evelyn Dow

S. Marie Evelyn Dow died Aug. 2, 2022 at the age of 96 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Marie Evelyn was born on June 13, 1926 to Frank R. and Maria (Campos) Dow in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was the fourth of eight children, four girls and four boys. She was a Sister of Charity for 75 years.

S. Marie Evelyn grew up in Albuquerque and attended St. Francis Xavier grade school and St. Vincent Academy. She entered the Sisters of Charity in September 1946 after first meeting the Community at St. Francis Xavier where the Sisters taught. She recalls being very impressed with the primary teachers she had, particularly Sister Joseph Aloysius Phelan.

S. Marie Evelyn’s ministries spanned more than 55 years in education, parish ministry and supportive Congregational roles. She began her years of service in 1948 at Loyola, Denver, Colorado, teaching primary age children. For the next 17 years (1953’70) she taught at schools in Colorado and New Mexico. In 1970 she remained in the classroom, part-time, at Pauline Memorial, Colorado Springs, Colorado, but added general office administration as well. She was asked to assist at El Pomar Retreat Center in a pastoral role in 1973 and then returned to office administration at Pauline Memorial (1975-’88). She loved the parishioners and the inclusion in the life of the vibrant parish. She also enjoyed living in community there with her classmate from St. Vincent, S. Marianella Domenici.

S. Marie Evelyn found a role well-suited for her warm personality as a receptionist at Julie Penrose Center in Colorado Springs. She was also in charge of the Center’s gift shop. In 1992 she served as assistant director, St. Elizabeth Residence, Colorado Springs, a residence built for Sisters from the West who wished to remain in the western U.S. for their retirement years. She remained there until it closed in 1995.

In 1995 S. Marie Evelyn became the property caretaker for the Congregation’s Cascade cabins outside of Colorado Springs, a ministry she made her own. She learned her handywoman skills from her father at an early age and put them to excellent use at the vacation cabins. Plumbing, painting, minor repairs and fix-it challenges were welcomed and appreciated by all who took time out to rest and relax in the mountain cabins. Her redecorating efforts added comfort and beauty to each person’s time away.  

In her retirement years S. Marie Evelyn moved to be near family members in the Albuquerque area. As her needs increased she gave up driving and chose to come to the Motherhouse in October 2017. She enjoyed spending time getting to know her Sisters who had spent most of their ministry years in the East.

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