Sister Evangeline Green, O.S.B.
March 13, 1916 - May 14, 2010
Sister Evangeline Green, OSB, 94, a Benedictine Sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, died Friday evening, May 14, 2010. The vigil service will be Tuesday, May 18, at 7 pm in the monastery chapel. The Mass of Resurrection will be offered there Wednesday, May 19, at 10:30 am, followed by burial in the monastery cemetery.
Sister Evangeline was the oldest daughter of John and Anna Mary Ast Green and was baptized Catherine Margaret (Kathleen) in Sacred Heart parish, Alamosa, Colo. She entered the Mount community in 1935 and made monastic profession in 1936. She graduated from Mount St. Scholastica College in 1940 with an A.B. in mathematics and minors in instrumental music and secondary education. Apart from a year teaching freshman courses in Walsenburg, Colo., Sister Evangeline lived at the monastery, teaching mathematics at Mount St. Scholastica Academy and playing the violin in the community orchestra. She was either community secretary or personal secretary for five prioresses 1951-1988 and served in various capacities within the community.
Sister Evangeline was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Joseph, Edmund, John Joseph, and Robert. She is survived by her sisters Helen McCormick, Flagler, Colo.; Sister Regina Green, SCL, Denver; Jeanne and Magdalene Green, Colorado Springs; her brother George, Colorado Springs; sisters-in-law Janice Green, Brighton; and Gertrude, Colorado Springs; nieces and nephews; and by her monastic community.
Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica.
Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.
S. Evangeline's memorial card
“Oculi mei semper ad Dominum.”
[Latin motto she chose for herself at final profession]
“My eyes are ever on the Lord.”
Born in Mount Hope, Kansas, Sister Evangeline Green was the oldest daughter of John and Anna Mary Ast Green. She entered the Mount community from St. Charles parish, Stratton, Colorado, in 1935, and made monastic profession in 1936. She earned the AB from Mount St. Scholastica College in 1940 with a major in mathematics and minors in instrumental music (violin) and secondary education. Sister Evangeline ministered in Colorado, where she lived her early life, and later taught math and typing in Walsenburg; and in Kansas where she served five prioresses as community or personal secretary. She taught math (especially geometry) in the Mount Academy, and played the violin in the Atchison Community orchestra. Sister Evangeline brought to life the humble monastic that St. Benedict describes in Chapter 7 of the Rule. She had a highly developed sense of confidentiality and showed great respect for each person. Unassuming and quiet, she had a delightful sense of humor. She enjoyed crocheting and knitting, and her baby sets regularly won prizes at Kansas fairs. Sister Evangeline rejoiced in the presence of her grandnephews who were her Partners in Prayer. Gentle and faithful – to prayer, to posting notices, to mail distribution, keeping track of Mass offerings, responding to the needs of others – she was always a seeker of peace. Let us remember her in grateful prayer.
Reflection given at the Vigil Service
by Thomasita Homan, OSB
Readings: John 14:1-7; Col 3: 1-3, 12-17; Wisdom 7:7-14
Our sympathy and prayers to Sister Evangeline’s beloved family: her sisters Helen, Sister Regina, Jeanne, Magdalene; her brother George, sisters-in-law Janice and Gertrude, and her nieces and nephews. We remember also Sister Evangeline’s family in eternity: her parents John and Anna Mary, her brothers Joseph, Edmund, John Joseph, and Robert.
We extend special prayers to Andy and Michael, Sister Evangeline’s grandnephews, who attend Benedictine College. They have been her faithful prayer partners this year and have found a home in our home. Sister Evangeline loved your visits…as did we.
We shall miss Sister Evangeline’s gentle, gracious, caring presence. She would say to us, however, with the Evangelist John, her patron, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” And she would smile with the inner peace that was her constant companion.
Sister Evangeline loved Wisdom. This evening’s Wisdom reading seems especially fashioned for her: “I prayed, and understanding was given to me; I called on God and the spirit of wisdom came to me.” She had a quiet wisdom, a wisdom filled with faith and hope. A wisdom that brought her to deep insights, to study, and to careful conversations; a wisdom that brought her to her knees in gratitude. I asked some sisters to tell me what they’d remember of Sister Evangeline, and many said: “She was wise.” Or “She was grateful, always grateful.” Or “She knew how to keep a confidence.” Yes, she brought wisdom to our community.
The reading from Wisdom tells us more: “I learned without guile and I impart without grudging; I do not hide her wealth, for it is an unfailing treasure…those who get it obtain friendship with God.” I think it was Evangeline’s friendship with God, her “My eyes are ever on the Lord” (Ps 25:15) that made her attentive to her family, to each of us in community, to each student, to each person she met. She was the faculty member in the Academy who greeted each student by name; students nicknamed her “Cheerio.” She showed that she enjoyed teaching algebra, geometry, typing, and violin. I’m sure many of us here tonight were taught by Sister Evangeline.
Less formally, she taught by her life in community, taking seriously Paul’s letter to the Colossians, and to us: “…clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another…forgive each other...Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Paul continues, “…let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...” Sister Evangeline heard these words again and again. We, too, hear Paul’s words again and again. We are called to “the peace of Christ”…all of us together.
Paul adds his three word sentence: “And be grateful.” Let us be grateful for the witness of one another as we seek God and lean toward eternity.
Let us be grateful for Sister Evangeline, whose life was measured by music, whether it be her clear violin music or her voice chanting the psalms daily or singing in schola or solo on feastdays. She sang her way to eternity.
She measured her words carefully, and I doubt that she ever wasted a single word, a single syllable. She knitted words and silence as caringly as she knitted lovely baby sets, Blue Ribbon baby sets, for our Monastery Gift Shop…but mainly for the babies who will wear them.
Sister Evangeline and I sometimes read scripture together during Lent. One year, we read Exodus. At the end of that Lent, I asked what she’d learned from our reading. She said simply, "I've learned the importance of each day...from Old Testament times to now.” Then with a slight smile, she added, “And God is with us all the way."
Let us remember “God is with us all the way.” Now Sister Evangeline knows the fullness of these words, as we shall someday. This evening, I think she might be singing, “Glorify the Lord with me, let us praise God’s name.”