Sr. Mary David (Felicia) Olheiser, OSB
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Posted by: Colleen Crawford
Sister Mary David (Felicia) Olheiser, OSB, passed away on November 27, 2012 at Saint Scholastica
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.