Sr Mary Camille Bowe

Sr Mary Camille Bowe

Original Name Marion Bowe
Birth
Minnesota, USA
Death 13 Sep 1994 (aged 91)
Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Section 24, Lot 19, Grave 5 West
Memorial ID 55806435 · View Source
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Sister Mary Camille Bowe was born Marion Jean Bowe.

She was a gentle, gracious woman who, despite her education and her position, walked humbly with God. She was only seventeen when she came from Waseca, Minnesota to become a Franciscan, but her abilities were quickly recognized and she began an early teaching career that soon blossomed into administration and ministry as a superior. After her graduation from the College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, she studied at the Sorbonne in France where she earned her Docteur des Lettres in 1938. Then, at the College of Saint Teresa, Sister Camille was successively Professor of French, President of the College, and President-emeritus.

But hers was not just a "French connection." She loved the arts, played violin in the orchestra, supported the Winona Theater and the art of dance, cultivated the roses around St. Jude and admired beauty everywhere. She lived with great simplicity; innately timid and shy, she showed such kindness for everyone and such concern for their families. She was beautiful in her ermine hood! Always a perfect lady, she was a real friend, and so devoted to her family, of which she was the last; she had a special bond with her nieces and nephews. She had the extraordinary gift of a leader who delegates to others and expects of them what she always expected of herself: total commitment and excellence. When she spoke to the assembled sisters each summer in a "state of the union" address about what was happening at the college, what progress had been made, buildings built, successes recorded, needs to be prayed for, she always ended with Saint Teresa's Bookmark. She was, in her years as President of the College, proud of the language labs that were installed, but she was most proud of the Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels, of those angels looking down from the windows in regal splendor. They meant more to her than any honor or degree she earned.

Sister Camille was, friends remembered, a great example of "grace under pressure." She was in France when her mother died; then she said, "I took my courage in my hands," and it was her mother who saw her through those exams. When she was named President of the College, she "tore to the swimming pool!" Her prayer life was practical; she was a woman of action rather than a lot of words.

Let nothing disturb you, she says to us today; I'm learning all over again that God alone suffices. For God is chapel window, beauty, music, dance, art, mother, father, sisters....and French.


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  • Maintained by: Steve Curry
  • Originally Created by: Dave Weiss
  • Added: 2 Aug 2010
  • Find a Grave Memorial 55806435
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sr Mary Camille Bowe (28 May 1903–13 Sep 1994), Find a Grave Memorial no. 55806435, citing Calvary Cemetery, Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Steve Curry (contributor 47884555) .