Sister Mary Rosalie Gurule

Sister Mary Rosalie (Maria Damiana) Gurule, daughter of Francisco Gurule and Eloisa Lobato, was born in La Jara, NM, on November 26, 1911. She entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, October 13, 2010. In 1942, she entered the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence (MCDP) in San Antonio, Texas. She was greeted personally by the foundress of the MCDPs, Sister Benitia Vermeersch, CDP when she arrived at Providence House on Dwyer Avenue. She is one of the first five founding members in the congregation. She is known as a pioneer who responded to the invitation to be a missionary within our own country, serving the poor with compassion, and instructing the youth in the faith life of the Catholic Church as Director of Religious Education. Sister Rosalie made her First Profession in 1946 and professed her Triennial Vows in 1952 at Stella Maris Chapel, located on the grounds of the MCDPs, St. Andrew's Convent. During the early years with the MCDPs, she studied at Our Lady of the Lake University,between mission assignments. Her early missionary work took her to House Plantation near Sugar Land, TX. Her mission assignments included Our Lady of Good Counsel, Immaculate Heart of Mary, and St. Timothy in San Antonio, TX, and St. Genevieve in Las Cruces, NM. She spent 25 years ministering to the families of St. Ann's and Holy Family in Deming, NM. Her later years were spent ministering to families at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Encinal, TX and Sacred Heart in Cotulla, TX. She entered into semi-retirement and resided at the motherhouse, St. Andrew's Convent. She later entered into full retirement at McCullough Hall, Our Lady of the Lake Retirement Center. She is preceded in death by her parents, Francisco and Eloisa; her brothers, Felix, Albert, and Eduvigen; and her sisters, Caroline Baca, Eva Duran, Tillie Herrera, Lola Flores, and Cypria (Annie) Lovato. She is survived by her brother Frank Jr and his wife, Gloria, from Oklahoma City, OK, her sisters Nellie and husband, Toby Salas, and Emma Rodriguez from Albuquerque, NM, and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel at St. Andrew's Convent, October17, 5 pm - 7 pm. Wake Service will be at 7 pm, St. Andrew's Convent. Mass of Resurrection, Monday, October 18, 10 am at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, St. Andrew's Convent with internment at San Fernando Cemetery #2, San Antonio, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Retirement Fund of the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence, 2318 Castroville Road, San Antonio, TX 78237.

Published in Express-News on Oct. 16, 2010