Dominican Educator Dies after 75 years of Service
MISSION SAN JOSE, CA. January 22, 2007--Dominican Sister Mary
Dominic Engelhard leaves a profound spiritual and educational legacy
75 years in religious life, at the age of 93, Sister died peacefully
on January 8, 2007, at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose
Born Margaret Engelhard, she was educated at Saint Ignatius Parish
School, Los Angeles, and attended Sacred Heart High School there,
before becoming a Dominican Sister.
Always a teacher, Sister Mary Dominic taught and served as principal
in elementary and secondary schools in Los Angeles, Oakland, San
Francisco, in California, and at schools in Portland, Oregon. Sister
earned a BA from Queen of the Holy Rosary College, and an MA and
Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America. Sister served as
Dean of the Queen of the Holy Rosary College, Director of Continuing
Formation and Director of Development for the Congregation.
Sister Rose Marie Hennessy, former Superintendent of Catholic
Schools in Oakland, California, recalls, "ll always
be grateful that Sister Mary Dominic educated me and supervised
my early training as a teacher. Her commitment to quality preparation
of teachers helped launch many great educators on their ministry
Sister Mary Dominic was a strong Dominican woman, a woman of vision,
a woman of the Church, and a leader. Called to that role of leadership
in her religious community, Sister served 12 years on the General
Council, followed by 12 years as Prioress General. She also served
two terms as Prioress of the Congregation’s community in
Nowhere was Sister Mary Dominic more of an educator than when
she directed retreats for groups and individuals. Firmly based
in a love of and great reverence for Sacred Scripture, Sister also
served many lay and religious as spiritual director. She was chaplain
for an active group of the Dominican Laity in Northern California.
Reflecting on the gift that was Sister Mary Dominic, Sister Renilde
Cade, former Prioress General, shared that “Sister’s
utter trust in God’s providence, her steadfast fidelity to
our communal way of life, and her resolute commitment to the charism
of the Order have always been both inspiration and challenge."
Although noted for being a hard worker, Sister Mary Dominic had
a delightful sense of humor. No one laughed more heartily at the
stories she told on herself than she did.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Saturday, January
13, at the Dominican Sisters Chapel, 43326 Mission
Memorial gifts may be given to The Sister Mary Dominic/Sister Mary
Thomas Veritas Fund which provides tuition grants
for needy children.
Barbara Larner, OP