Sr. MERSINGER, Barbara Rose (Rose Victor) MM
年 10 月 8 日在美國
(U.S.A.) 密蘇里州 (Missouri)
Sister Barbara Rose Mersinger, M.M.
Dies in Hong Kong
Sister Barbara Rose Mersinger, M.M., died in Hong Kong of a series of medical complications following a fracture of the hip suffered on 29 May 1996. She died in Queen Mary Hospital on 27 August 1996 at 2:15am. She was eighty-one years of age. Last year she celebrated sixty years as a Maryknoll Sister. During her mission career she had spent nearly fifty years in China and Hong Kong.
Barbara Rose Mersinger was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA, on 8 October 1914, one of the five sons and five daughters of the late Rose Mary and Otto L. Mersinger. She graduated from Saint Francis de Sales Grammar School and from Saint Elizabeth’s Academy, Saint Louis, in 1932. She entered Maryknoll on 7 December 1935 at Maryknoll, New York, and later received the religious name of Sister Rose Victor. She made her first profession on 30 June 1938 at Maryknoll and her final profession in China on 30 June 1941.
They assigned Sister Barbara Rose to Kweiliin, China in 1938 where she did catechetical work. During the war between China and Japan, most missioners moved from place to place avoiding the conflict while still spreading the Gospel. During the years from 1945 to 1951, she was in Kumming, Laipo and back to Kweilin. In the latter two cities, she was involved with formation work with diocesan communities of Sisters. Expelled from China in 1951, she returned to the United States. She attended Providence College, Rhode Island, part time from 1951 to 1953 when she obtained a teaching certificate. In 1953 she became an assistant novice mistress at Valley Park Novitiate in Missouri for one year. In 1954 she returned to Hong Kong where she became Regional Superior in 1958. She was a delegate to the General Chapter in 1964 and was elected as Third Councilor. During this six-year term, she obtained a B.S. degree in Education from Mary Rogers College in 1968. Following her service on the General Council, she attended Saint John’s University, Jamaica, New York, part time while serving part time in the Housekeeping Office at the Maryknoll Sisters Centre. She obtained an M.A. in Theology and Religious Education in 1973.
Returning to Hong Kong in 1974, she taught part time and worked on various diocesan projects at the Holy Spirit Study Centre, the Ricci Study Team and at the Catechetical Centre. Always generous with her time and talents she served on many committees. Teaching part time at Maryknoll Convent School, she also served as a spiritual advisor for the Legion of Mary. In 1995 at the Hong Kong Legionary Conference, Reverend Ferdinand H.C. Lok awarded her a certificate “in appreciation of continuous commitment to the Legion of Mary as an active member in the spirit of faith and in union with Mary our Mother for twenty-five years or more and shall continue to uphold that lively faith which will be our Legion’s Pillar of Fire.”
In spite of the excellent care she received in Kwong Wah, Our Lady of Maryknoll and Queen Mary Hospitals over the last three months, it was time for Sister Barbara Rose to begin her new life in Christ. The Maryknoll Sisters are grateful to all those doctors and nurses who lovingly cared for her during this time, and for all the prayers and concern of her many friends in Hong Kong and around the world. Her second youngest sister, Sister Rose Marie Mersinger, CPPS, flew to Hong Kong to be with Sisters Barbara during her last illness.
The wake was held at the chapel of the Maryknoll Sisters’ former convent at 130 Waterloo Road Friday, August 30 and the Mass of Resurrection was held in the same place on the following day, 31 August 1996. Burial took place in Saint Michael’s Catholic Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong.
Sister Barbara Rose is survived by her two priest brothers,
Reverend Arthur J. Mersinger of Regina Cleri House, Linden Boulevard, Saint
Louis and Reverend Norbert A. Mersinger of 3425 Saint Thomas More Place, Saint
Louis. Her brother Richard Mersinger lives at 5722 Pernod Avenue, Saint Louis.
Her sisters are Mrs. Tom Kelly (Agnes) of Londonderry, New Hampshire; Mrs. Carl
Johnson (Teresa) and Mrs. Al E. Johnson (Margaret) both of Saint Louis. Sister
Rose Marie Mersinger CPPS, also lives in Saint Louis.
6 September 1996
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