Mother Rose (Marilyn Prem) Teresa O.C.D.

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MOTHER ROSE TERESA, O.C.D. Our beloved Prioress for nearly 50 years, Mother Rose Teresa of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, entered into eternal life on the feast of the Epiphany, January 6, 2019 - another gift for the King! She was 89 years of age and in the 67th year of Religious Profession. Frank and Margaret Prem gave birth to their first child on March 18, 1929 in Evanston, Il. They named their daughter Marilyn Lois Prem. She attended Catholic schools in Chicago, including Loyola University, and graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing only a short time before entering the Carmelite Monastery in Santa Fe in October 1950. She recently shared how much she liked helping her father who was a tree expert; milking the cows on the small family farm; and cooling summer trips to the Lake. She came to Santa Fe from Chicago by train, and never wanted to leave the Sangre de Cristo foothills and the beauty of New Mexico. Likewise, she never doubted for a moment that she was to be anything but a Carmelite Nun in Santa Fe. Archbishop Byrne appointed her Vicaress in 1960 when several Sisters were invited to found a new monastery in Missouri. Because she was too young, permission was needed from Rome for her to become Prioress. Later that year permission arrived and she began her legacy as Mother Rose Teresa. As a Carmelite she was thoroughly devoted and faithful to praying the Divine Office, to the beauty of the hidden life of monastic enclosure, and to the company of the Sisters. That bit of farmer expressed itself as a hardworking gardener of flowers, and her favorite Swiss chard and tomatoes. And yes, she milked the cow when we had one. Mother Rose will be most remembered as a kind and gentle woman, a great listener who always made one feel like the most important person in the world. A more loyal friend will not be found. The letter of recommendation from her confessor sent in 1950 rings true for all who have shared her life: "she is the most docile, generous and unaffected soul I have had the grace to meet." Mother Rose Teresa is survived by her natural sisters Joan and Nancy and their extended families; and by her brother Larry. And of course by her Carmelite daughters in Santa Fe who have loved her with a supernatural love. Services are scheduled for January 15, 2019 at Cristo Rey Church in Santa Fe. Viewing will be at the Church that morning from 8:00 until 10:30, with rosary immediately following. The funeral Mass is at 11:00 am. A reception will be held at Cristo Rey. Committal Service is private at the Monastery Cemetery. "Celebrating 50 years" Berardinelli Family Funeral Service 1399 Luisa Street Santa Fe, NM 87505 (505) 984-8600 Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com
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Published in Santa Fe New Mexican from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2019