It was a Golden Jubilee, yet the honoree, in white cape, a crown of flowers, and brilliant smile, had the aura of a young woman at her first prom. Her face seemed far too young and radiant to have lived a half century in a Carmelite Monastery. But it was true. Mother Maria of Jesus Crucified, the former Patricia Anne Brinkley, having entered in 1961, and professed her first vows in the Carmelite Monastery when it was located on Sunset Terrace in Fort Worth, was marking 50 years since her final vows.
They were both members of the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and longtime friends. But it’s the baseball reference Sister Frances Evans used that best describes the death of Sister Magdalen (Maggie) Hession on Nov. 20 from Alzheimer’s Disease.
When organizers planning the closing ceremony for the Diocese of Fort Worth’s observation of the Year of Faith needed someone to reflect on Pope Francis’ first encyclical Lumen Fidei, they turned to a spiritual leader well-versed in guiding others toward the light of faith.