Mary Carmen (Maria) Cruz, OSB

Mary Carmen (Maria) Cruz, OSB

St. Joseph, Minn.

March 2, 1930 – October 25, 2015

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Mary Carmen Cruz, who died on October 25, 2015, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will take place in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, from 1-6 p.m., or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St Joseph. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral.

The third of Arturo and Maria Eugenia (Delgado) Cruz’s seven children, S. Mary Carmen Cruz was born March 2, 1930, in Cruz, Caguas, Puerto Rico. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on May 22, 1969, transferring from Benet Lake, Wis., where she made first monastic profession in 1956; perpetual profession on May 8, 1959; and was a member for 13 years.

S. Mary Carmen went to a rural public elementary school in Puerto Rico. She studied English in Baltimore, Md., while living with Notre Dame Sisters; received her high school equivalency certificate through Cathedral High School in St. Cloud; earned a certificate in child service technology from St. Cloud Vocational Technical School and completed a teacher aide course at the Adult Learning Center in St. Cloud.

Her ministry took S. Mary Carmen back to her roots. She served in education in San Benito, Puerto Rico, helped with religion classes in San José, Yabucoa, and undertook domestic work at Convento Santa Escolastica. In Minnesota, she served at St. Anthony’s in St. Cloud and at Saint Benedict’s Monastery as an infirmary aide and dining room assistant.

On moving to Saint Scholastica Convent in 1988, she assisted the retired sisters by sewing, working in the dining room and in health care. She also worked as a volunteer in pastoral ministry at St. Cloud reformatory facilities and with Hispanic communities. Most recently she undertook a special ministry of prayer and community living.

S. Mary Carmen is survived by her Benedictine community and two brothers, Venantio and Tomas, in Puerto Rico. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Juan and Jesʹus, and her sisters, Hipolita de Cruz and Paula Montanez. 

Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.