Sr. Marianne celebrated her 65th Jubilee of Religious Profession
Sr. Marianne Schmitz OP celebrated her 65th Jubilee of Religious Profession on 12 September 2021 at the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, California, USA. There she lives with four more retired Oakford Dominican Sisters in their Care Center, St. Martin de Porres.
Sr. Marianne was born on 15 July 1927 in Hembsen, District of Hoexter (Germany). She had a strong desire to be part of the evangelization of the people to Christ.
On 15 January 1955 she entered the Dominican Congregation of Oakford with the hope of being sent to the missions in South Africa. However, at the time, South Africa did not allow missionaries into the country.
Sr. Marianne made her First Profession on 12 September 1956 and spent the next few years in our convents at Frankfurt and Flörsheim.
In 1968 she was sent to California and served as cook at Oakland, Santa Clara and Villa Siena in Mountain View. She also served as night nurse, activity director, helped residents with their art projects.
At a recent interview she was asked what she would like to impart to today’s young people. She responded: “
Sr. Marianne: "I would like to impart to young people the value of living and keeping their faith by keeping it alive and by looking at being positive rather than being negative.To participate in life is to bring alive the values of hope and, by the help of the sacraments to put love into action. I am a firm believer that one needs to nourish faith by active actions of love."
Although we continue to be regulated by Covid restrictions, we found ways to be together as Oakford Dominicans, pray, celebrate, rejoice in God's fidelity and the witness of Sr. Marianne's joy and faithfulness.
third foto: Sr Marianne during the Jubilee Mass
fourth foto: Sr Mary de Crus (r.) congratulates Sr Marianne