Sister Mary Magdalene Heitlinger, OSB

 

November 13, 1899-August 16, 1987

 

 

“Tell us, Mary, what did you see on the way?
I saw the glory of the risen Christ. Alleluia!” -John 20:18

 

S-Mary-Magdalene-HeitlingerBorn in Leavenworth, Kansas on November 13, 1899, she entered religious life at Mount St. Scholastica Convent in Atchison, Kansas in 1925. She became a charter member of Benet Hill Priory, Colorado Springs in 1963.

 

During her forty-eight years of classroom teaching and tutoring, Sister Mary Magdalene touched the lives of countless persons and contributed much to quality education. She taught in the schools of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and in Antonito, Monte Vista and Colorado Springs, Colorado.

 

During her semi-retirement years, she was sacristan for the community. She planted and cared for flowers, especially roses, for use in the chapel. Sister was noted for her gracious hospitality toward young and old.

 

In 1986 she celebrated sixty years of fidelity in the service of God and to her Benedictine Community. As she approached death, her oft-repeated prayer was, “Hurry up, Lord Jesus!”