Sister Maria Maez (Celsa), 1921-2017


Sister Maria Maez (Celsa), of the Blessed Sacrament, O.P. was born on September 16, 1921 in Saguache, Colorado.  Sister Maria died on May 7, 2017 at Lourdes Nursing Home, Waterford, Michigan.  She was the daughter of Herman and Fidelia (Vigil) Maez. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Joseph, J. Abiguel and Paul and one sister Margaret Anaya. She is survived by one brother Herman, Jr. and by her Sisters in Religious Life and many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sister entered the Dominican Sisters in Grand Rapids, Michigan as a Postulant on September 8, 1941. She received her Religious Formation at Marywood, Grand Rapids, Michigan and became a Novice on August 15, 1942 taking the religious name of Sister Herman Marie.  She made her Profession of Vows on August 20, 1943.

Sister Maria spent several years teaching in Michigan, Canada and New Mexico (including St. Francis de Assis in Ranchos de Taos).  Sister Maria helped start a Mission in Chimbote, Peru in 1963 where she spent seven years.  After discerning her vocation to the contemplative life, Sister Maria went to the Dominican Monastery of Our Lady Mt. Thabor, Ortonville, Michigan in 1979.

Mass of Resurrection will take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at 11 am at Mt. Thabor Monastery with burial following on the grounds of Mt. Thabor.