Sister Mary Vincentia Wszolek of the Holy Trinity, PCPA died on August 24th, a day after celebrating her 100th birthday. A member of Our Lady of the Angels monastery, Sister Vincentia was in residence at the Mohun Health Care Center in Ohio, having lived at the Portsmouth OH, St. Joseph Adoration Monastery since her entrance in the PCPA Order.
Born Marie Theresa Wszolek on Aug. 23, 1917, in Chicago to Anthony and Anna (Florek) Wszolek, she joined the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago at the young age of 16 on Oct. 4, 1933, made her first profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1936 and her perpetual profession on Aug. 12, 1942.
She was an able apartment supervisor at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska, for nine years and received a bachelor of science degree in medical technology in 1951 from Creighton University in Omaha. She also served as a laboratory supervisor for 23 years at St. John Hospital in Huron, South Dakota, before following her call to the contemplative life with the Poor Clares. She professed her final vows as a PCPA on May 10, 1974.
Sister Vincentia loved her vocation with all her Polish intensity and fervor. She had deep love for our Lord and the Blessed Mother had a special devotion to our Lady of Sorrows. Sister was always very mindful of the sufferings of Our Lady and would often say: “Oh she suffered so much for us.” Sister Vincentia never allowed old age to hinder her when it came to community living. Sister faithfully made her way to the Chapel with her walker for community prayer, Mass and for her daily holy hour. She never missed being part of community dishes and she took care of the laundry until she couldn’t manage the work anymore. She gave her sisters a shining and a profound example of a bride of Christ who embraced Him in all things. We will never forget her great laugh at community recreation and her tender love for each one of her Sisters in community. Sr. Vincentia would say to the young Sisters after their ceremonies: “Holy perseverance.” Her favorite prayer “Jesus, Mary and Joseph I love you; save souls” was constantly in her heart and mind. As faithful intercessor for all in need during her time here on earth, we pray that she be admitted to the company of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and all the Saints.