Sister Mary Matthew Nowacek, OSB


June 22, 1910 -August 17, 1997



“I trust in the Lord;
my soul trusts in God’s word.
My soul waits for the Lord
more than sentinels wait for the dawn.”     -Psalm 130:5


S-Mary-Matthew-Nowacek-1Sister Mary Matthew Nowacek was born in Plattsmouth, Nebraska; she entered religious life at Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, and pronounced her vows January 1, 1937. Sister Mary Matthew was a charter member of Benet Hill Monastery. She renewed her vows of 60 years three days before her death.


Sister Mary Matthew graduated from Plattsmouth High School, received her BS from Mount St. Scholastica College in 1950, and her MA from St. Louis University in 1962.


During her lifetime she served as teacher, administrator, and librarian in schools in Kansas, Mis­souri, Nebraska, and Colorado. She built bonding relationships with her religious Sisters in monastic living and with the people of God to whom she ministered.


She used her talents doing needlework, nurturing house plants, and singing in the Schola.


As the name Mary signifies “blessed one” and Matthew, “gift of God” let us remember her with loving prayer as a gift of gratitude.