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Sr. Mary David (Felicia) Olheiser, OSB

Thursday, December 06, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Colleen Crawford
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Sister Mary David (Felicia) Olheiser, OSB, passed away on November 27, 2012 at Saint Scholastica Convent.


Felicia, the third of five children, was born on January 18, 1918, to Rudolph and Magdalen (Goetz) Olheiser in Dickinson, North Dakota, and attended St. Joseph’s School there. Saint Benedict’s High School in St. Joseph, Minnesota, followed. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery in 1931, was received into the novitiate on June 18, 1935, and became Sister Mary David. First monastic profession came on July 11, 1936, and perpetual profession on July 11, 1939. Her golden jubilee in 1986 and diamond in 2011 were great celebrations.


Sister Mary David spent many years in education, including teaching in the education department of the College of Saint Benedict. She was joint chair of the department for ten years (1962-1972) and academic dean at the College of Saint Benedict for two years (1972-1974). In 1986 she was cited as Professor Emerita of Education by the Board of Trustees. 


In 1976 she was awarded an M.Ch.A. degree in church administration at The Catholic University of America. She continued her studies there and earned a licentiate in canon law in May 1977 and a JCD in 1979. She has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America since 1977. Sister Mary David served on the marriage tribunal in the Diocese of St. Cloud from 1980 until her retirement in 1997. Additionally, she often gave lectures and workshops on marriage and annulments. In 1991 then-Bishop Jerome Hanus, OSB, appointed her as consultant to the Carmelite Hermits of Adoration in Alexandria, Minnesota and from 2003-2009 she was the Director of Eremitical Life in the St. Cloud Diocese.


The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on December 1, 2012, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota.


Please remember Sr. Mary David, her family, and her community in your Masses and prayers. May she rest in peace.




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