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Sr Mary Demetria Newman

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Sr Mary Demetria Newman

  • Birth 21 Apr 1918 Norman, Cleveland County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Death 15 Sep 2008 Clyde, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Clyde, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 72692080

Sister Mary Demetria was born Frances Cecilia Newman. She was the sister of my husband's dad. She had a great sense of humor. She would tell a joke and look at you quickly to see your response while chuckling. She was perceived quiet and shy to most, but not with me when I visited her. She even did a little song and dance in the convent elevator (respectful of course). She is a Newman and the Newmans were about a sense of humor, deep faith and an sense of inner peace and joy. I was not able to go to her funeral but one of her sisters kindly put a rose on the grave for me (thank you for doing that Sr. Dawn Annette). Anyway, Sr. Mary Demetria was an amazing person and a child of God. I'll miss being able to visit her to hear stories of her childhood and how she took care of my husband's dad, whom she devotedly called Freddie.

The following is the obituary that was posted with her diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. Deo Gratias for Sr. Mary Demetria, osb!

Sister Mary Demetria Newman, OSB, 90, passed away Sept. 15, 2008, at Our Lady of Rickenbach in Clyde. She was a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

She was born Frances Cecilia Newman on April 21, 1918, in Norman, Okla., to Otto Joseph and Mary Agnes (Meyer) Newman. Her family moved to California when she was 5 years old and settled in Maywood, a suburb of Los Angeles. She learned how to sew and to cook as a child. After graduating from high school, she worked as a housekeeper for a year before pursuing her childhood dream of becoming a religious sister.

"Many years after I was in the convent I learned that when my grandmother held me in her arms at my baptism, she asked the Blessed Mother to obtain a religious vocation for me," Sister Mary Demetria once recalled. "Her prayer was answered because from the first dawn of reason, I had this desire and conviction. Moreover, I had a picture in my mind of exactly the kind of nun I was going to be - not teaching, not nursing, but the kind that prays."

Discouraged by her lack of interest in the religious communities she had inquired about, she asked her mother what she should do. Her mother advised she write to the Benedictine Sisters in Clyde to ask them to pray for her to find the right place. Her mother said she always received help with whatever she asked them to pray for. So Sister Mary Demetria wrote to Clyde and was sent the vocation booklet, "The Eucharistic Adorer." "On opening the book and seeing the sisters, I knew this was where God wanted me," she once said.

When she talked it over with her mother, she learned her grandmother was born in nearby Conception, Mo., and her mother was also born in the area and knew of the Clyde community. Her mother had not shared this with her previously because she wanted to leave Sister Mary Demetria free to go wherever God directed.

She entered in 1939 and made her first profession on Feb. 8, 1941, receiving the name Sister Mary Demetria. During her years as a Benedictine Sister, she worked in the laundry and in maintenance. She made and mended cucullas and veils for the novices and served as a night nurse in the infirmary.

She later moved to the sisters' community in Tucson, Ariz., where she worked in the altar bread department and sewed liturgical vestments. A gifted seamstress, she was privileged to help with the drapery for the new altar when the Tucson monastery's chapel was consecrated and helped with vestments for Bishop Green's consecration.

Sister Mary Demetria was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister. Survivors include her monastic family; a sister, Theresa Patrick, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; three brothers, Joseph Newman (has since passed), Downey, Calif., John Newman (has passed away as well), Santa Anna, Calif. and Fred Newman, Vancouver, Wash.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 17 in the Adoration Chapel, with burial in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Clyde, Mo.

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  • Maintained by: John Andrew Meyer
  • Originally Created by: Guitaristmom
  • Added: 4 Jul 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 72692080
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sr Mary Demetria Newman (21 Apr 1918–15 Sep 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 72692080, citing Mount Calvary Cemetery, Clyde, Nodaway County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by John Andrew Meyer (contributor 46869698) .