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Sister Mary Camilla Verret RSM

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Sister  Mary Camilla Verret RSM Obituary
Sister Mary Camilla Verret, RSM, passed away in her sleep Tuesday, May 29, 2018, in Omaha, Neb., at Immanuel Rehabilitation Institute, where she was being treated following a recent illness.

Sister Camilla served at St. John Mercy Hospital as director of mission services from 2001 to 2008. She was a Sister of Mercy for 62 years.

Sister Camilla was born in Omaha, Neb., to George and Mary Marguerite, nee Rhine, Verret. Given the baptismal name of Anne, she was the second eldest of five girls and one boy. She grew up in Nebraska City, Neb., where she attended St. Mary Elementary School and St. Bernard Academy, graduating in 1953. After high school, Anne attended Creighton University and St. Catherine School of Nursing in Omaha, Neb. It was at St. Catherine's where she realized she was called to religious life. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in Omaha, Neb. in 1955. While nursing might have been one of her early career choices, it certainly wasn't her last. In 1980, Sister Camilla wrote, "Membership in the RSMs has introduced me to a wide variety of experiences which include high school teaching, renewal team, formation team, archdiocesan and province vocation work, hospital chaplaincy, and at present, parish ministry."

Sister Camilla had a well-rounded education. She held a bachelor's and a master's degree in music from Catholic University of America (she played the piano and violin); a master's degree in religious studies from the University of Detroit; and a master's degree in spirituality from Creighton. She also studied Spanish. Her education led to teaching high school French, music and religion at Glennon High School in Kansas City, from 1963 to 1969. She served as vocation director for the Omaha Province and Archdiocese of Omaha from 1970 to 1977; pastoral care director at Bergan Mercy Hospital in Omaha from 1977 to 1979; and parish musician and liturgist at St. Peter Parish in Kansas City from 1979 to 1984. In 1984, she was called to Silver Spring, Md., to serve on the Sisters of Mercy General Council. Of her years in national leadership, she said, "While on the Mercy administrative team, I was given the opportunity to serve as executive secretary for our Latin American-Caribbean Conference. I saw myself, my country, and my country's government and its policies through new eyes. Over time, I began to understand more deeply the life impact and implications of decisions on my sisters and the people with whom they journeyed." In 1991, upon completing her term and leaving the Washington, D.C., area, Sister Camilla knew she did not want to go back to her previous way of life. Instead, she moved with Sisters Kathleen Erickson and Mary Ellen Quinn to New Mexico. There she began a nine-year ministry at the U.S./Mexico border. "My life has never been the same since!" she often said. She was in New Mexico from 1991 to 2001, first as co-founder of The Women's Intercultural Center in Anthony; then parish administrator in Berino. Plus, she did immigration work at the U.S./Mexico border.

Sister Camilla came back to her Midwestern roots in 2001 to serve as director of mission services at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Washington. After retiring from the hospital, she remained in Missouri renewing her passion as a volunteer with Refugee Immigration Services, assisting immigrants arriving into the United States. In 2015, she moved to Omaha, Neb., continuing her volunteer services in refugee resettlement by working with Lutheran Family Services. She recently had to give up volunteering due to health issues

A Mass of the Resurrection was held Friday, June 1, at 10 a.m. at Mercy Villa in the Holy Family Chapel, Omaha, Neb.

Inurnment was to be held at a later date.
Published in The Missourian on June 6, 2018
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