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Sister Miriam Fidelis Mellein, CDP:
Sister Miriam Fidelis Mellein, age 98, a Sister of Divine Providence, entered eternal life on July 21, 2014. She was one of seven children born to John J. Mellein and Agnes C. Tovani Mellein. Sister Miriam Fidelis was born July 16, 1916, in Denver, CO but moved to San Fernando CA at 12 years of age and attended St. Ferdinand Catholic School. She made her first profession as a Sister of Divine Providence at 19 years of age and her final vows on June 22, 1942. Sister Miriam Fidelis began her ministerial life at St. Mary's School in downtown San Antonio, Texas, in 1936. She earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree in English from Our Lady of the Lake College and took several graduate Theology courses at St. Mary's University. Sister Miriam taught English, Religion and Speech at the primary, junior and high school levels in San Antonio (St. Mary's School and Providence High School), Laredo (St. Augustine), Houston (St. Benedict), West (St. Mary's), Schulenburg (Bishop Forest) and Harlingen (St. Anthony's) in Texas, Norman (St. Joseph's) Tulsa (Bishop Kelley) and Lawton (St. Mary's) in OK and Isle Brevelle (St. Augustine) in LA. While in Laredo, she supervised CCD programs and taught adults Scripture, Theology and how to become CCD teachers. She also served as a Superior for the Missionary Catechists of Divine Providence in Weslaco, TX from 1959-1963. Over the course of these 71 years, her instruction always surpassed the four walls of her classroom. Her acute awareness of the needs of God's people always directed her ministry outside of the classroom but especially during her 30 years in Laredo, Texas. When she saw the need for churches in the Colonias of Nuevo Laredo, she held many raffles, and with other supporters, providentially always received enough donations to finance the construction of St. John Bosco Church, Incarnación Church and Madre de Dios. The need of the poor across the border encouraged her to seek clothes, food, medicines, and other necessities that she joyfully delivered. Sister Miriam was truly a beam of light and hope for many people. Her ability to see past the material and physical made her a constant, true, loving and Providential instrument to God's people. She was preceded in death by her parents, John J. Mellein and Agnes C. Tovani Mellein, her brothers John Jr., Leo, David (Paul), Joseph and infant sister, Mary. She is survived by her brother James and sisters-in-laws, Josephine, Dolores and Mary Ann Mellein and numerous Sisters of Divine Providence. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families. The Rosary will be Wednesday, July 23 at 4:00 p.m. and the Wake will be at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be Thursday, July 24 at 10:30 a.m. All services will be in Annunciation Chapel at Our Lady of the Lake Convent Center. In lieu of flowers, you may wish to make a memorial contribution to the Sisters of Divine Providence, 515 S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio, TX 78207-4619. Arrangements by:
ANGELUS FUNERAL HOME
1119 N SAINT MARYS SAN ANTONIO, TX 78215-1736
Published in Express-News on July 23, 2014