Sister Trinitas Miles, OSB
February 15, 1936 - November 9, 2012
Sister Trinitas Miles, OSB, 76, a Benedictine of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans., died November 9, 2012, at Mount St. Scholastica. A vigil service will be held on Monday, November 12 at 7 p.m. in the Mount St. Scholastica chapel, and the Mass of Resurrection will be offered there on Tuesday, November 13 at 10:30 a.m.
The only child of Alphonsus (Al) and Estine Elizabeth Norton Miles, Sister Trinitas was born February 15, 1936, in Altus, Okla. The family moved to Sedalia, Mo., where Sister Trinitas graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1954. She entered the Mount community in August, 1954, and made monastic profession in 1956. She earned her bachelor of science in education with minors in biology and music from Mount St. Scholastica College. Her teaching ministry of some 20 years in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska helped her students to become well-versed in natural history, care for the environment, and astronomy. She earned the Kansas social work license with emphasis in gerontology from St. Mary College, Leavenworth, Kans., and did social work, care for the aging, and chaplaincy in Kansas and Oklahoma. Sister Trinitas was awarded a Title IV grant for further study at the Andrus Percy Gerontological Institute, the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. She became a registered music therapist through work at the University of Kansas, and certified as hospital chaplain with emphasis in gerontology through the St. Joseph Medical Center, Omaha, Nebr. Sister Trinitas studied clowning at Penn Valley Community College, Kansas City, Mo., was a member of the Kansas City Clowns in Christ, and delighted in using clowning in her gerontological work. More recently she shared her gifted voice in liturgical service at Dooley Center, her community’s care facility.
Sister Trinitas was predeceased by her parents and is survived by cousins and by her monastic community.
“Thus says the Lord. . .
I have called you by your name:
You are mine.”
Sister Trinitas Miles was born to Alphonsus (Al) and Estine E. Norton Miles in Altus, Okla. Her parents moved to Sedalia, Mo, where Sister Trinitas graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1954. She entered Mount St. Scholastica community in August, 1954, and made monastic profession in 1956. She earned her B.S. in education, with minors in biology and music from Mount St. Scholastica College. Her active ministry of some 38 years was given to education of the young and work with the aging. A woman of passionate and varied interests, Sister Trinitas helped her students see the wonder of creation, especially in natural history, astronomy, and care for the environment; she revered her mentor in monastic life and in scientific study, Sister Aelred Pottinger. Sister Trinitas was well prepared for later ministries of social work with emphasis on gerontology, music therapy, care for the aging and chaplaincy in Kansas and Oklahoma. In these ministries, she liked to use clowning as “a way of bringing hope and joy to the life of others.” She contributed daily to liturgical prayer in Dooley Center, the community's care facility. Let us remember her in grateful prayer.
Reflection given at the Vigil Service by Sister Loretta McGuire