|Anna Mae Marheineke, RSCJ|
Anna Mae Marheineke, RSCJ died peacefully on August 14, 2013 at the Society of the Sacred Heart retirement community (Oakwood) in Atherton, California. She was born in Missouri on December 27, 1917 to Joseph and Genevieve Kaemmerien Marheineke. Anna Mae was the oldest of her seven siblings: Kathleen, June, Joseph, Genevieve, John, Mary and James. All the Marheineke girls would attend the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles. Anna Mae entered the Novitiate in Kenwood (Albany, N.Y.) and made her first profession of vows in 1944. To read her obit and further details on Anna Mae's incredible life go to www.rscj.org
Tota Pulchra Es
Like a Rose Plant in Jericho,
and sweet beyond power of telling,
as thy heart, dearest Mother,
where a love song of prayer
in praise of thy wee Son is welling.
Like a Palm Tree in Cades
brushing the blue,
serene in the silence of morning,
is the peace in thy smile
the long Nazareth days through,
Thy joy their bright hours adorning.
Like a Cypress on Sion,
steadfast and still,
Thy courage and calm we would borrow;
for Thy love, Queen of Martyrs,
has been oned with God'd will,
made strong with a strength born of sorrow.
From The Collected Poems of Anna Mae Marheineke, RSCJ
Note: If you wish to purchase a copy of Sr. Marheineke's collection of poems look under the heading on the right "Books by Sacred Heart Alum Authors" and click on the link to her book.