Marie (Alphonsetta) Brang, OSB
Saint Benedict’s Monastery
St. Joseph, Minn.
July 14, 1917 – November 24, 2015
The Eucharist of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015, at the Sacred Heart Chapel, Saint Benedict’s Monastery, St. Joseph, for Sister Marie (Alphonsetta) Brang, who died, age 98, on November 24, 2015, at Saint Scholastica Convent, St. Cloud, Minn. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. Friends may call at Saint Scholastica Convent on Sunday, November 29, 2015, from 1-6 p.m. or for a Vigil Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. at Saint Benedict’s Monastery. Visitation continues at 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral.
S. Marie was born to Peter and Rose (Imdieke) Brang on July 14, 1917, in Meire Grove, Minn. She entered Saint Benedict’s Monastery on August 30, 1933. She was received into the novitiate in 1937 as Sister Alphonsetta; made first monastic profession on July 11, 1938; and perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1941. She reverted to her baptismal name in 1969.
After attending St. John the Baptist School in Meire Grove, S. Marie’s education continued at Saint Benedict’s High School. She also attended Holy Name College in Spokane, Wash., the Diocesan Teachers’ College, St. Paul, Minn, and graduated from the College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minn., with a B.A. degree in English and remedial reading, with a minor in sociology and philosophy. She earned a M.Ed. in Education (remedial and developmental reading) from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis., studied at other universities in the Midwest and was certified as a tutor and teacher trainer of literacy by the Laubach Literacy Action Committee of Syracuse, N.Y.
Both elementary and secondary education formed a significant part of S. Marie’s ministry. She served as an elementary teacher in Tacoma, Wash., Montgomery, Minn., and at Luxemburg, Minn., as both teacher and principal. In secondary education, she served at Pierz Memorial High School, Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and at Grand Bahamas Catholic High School, Grand Bahamas. At the College of Saint Benedict she worked in the admissions office and was a volunteer for the FAST program. She was a reading specialist and worked as a Laubach tutor and teacher trainer for a number of years. A successful herb gardener, she also presented classes on herbs.
In 2002 S. Marie moved to Saint Scholastica Convent where she served as librarian and read to sisters experiencing visual impairment. She also undertook a special ministry of prayer and community living.
S. Marie is survived by her Benedictine community, one sister, Rosemary Rothstein, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Eleanor Proell, and brothers, Alphonse and Joseph.
Please direct memorial gifts to the Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict Retirement Fund.