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Sister Marie Vincent Brothers 1926-2013

A treasured member of the Notre Dame family, Marie Vincent Brothers, SSND, passed away on June 8.

Sister Vincent provided artistic and design expertise to Notre Dame, in partnership with her friend and creative collaborator, Sister Gerold Mobley. Together they brought creative energy and colorful design to Notre Dame for more than 25 years.

Sister Vincent, a member of the St. Louis province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, was born and raised in Missouri and attended high school and college at institutions staffed by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and the Sisters of Humility. Inspired by them, she became a novice of the School Sisters and was given the name Marie Vincent in honor of her youngest brother, John Vincent. She professed final vows in 1954.

Sr. Vincent (middle) received Notre Dame's Partners in Mission award in 2012. Pictured with President Mary Pat Seurkamp and Sister Gerald Mobley.

In 2012, President Mary Pat Seurkamp awarded Notre Dame's President's Medal to Sister Vincent (pictured in the middle) and Sister Gerold.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Quincy College in Illinois and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from DePaul University in Chicago. She also studied at the School of Visual Arts and Parson’s School of Design in New York. Sister Vincent taught art, English and business for 31 years at high schools in Missouri and California. When she was assigned to a high school in St. Louis, she and Sister Gerold began a 40-year collaboration in team-teaching, art and creative design.

Beginning her Notre Dame of Maryland experience under the leadership of Sister Kathleen Feeley, Sister Vincent taught art, served as a residence director in Meletia Hall and contributed her creative expertise along with Sister Gerold. They were affectionately known as “G&V” around campus. In 2008, Sister Vincent celebrated her Jubilee as a School Sister as well as 25 years as a valued member of the Notre Dame of Maryland community. In 2012, she was awarded the President's Medal for her long-standing service to the University. Sister Vincent was joyful in her creative work and in her service to students and the Notre Dame community.

Please remember Sister Vincent, her family members, friends and colleagues in your prayers.

In death we say our ultimate human yes to God. Trusting in God’s power to bring us to the fullness of life, we conclude our earthly life with an act of worship: in the action of death we proclaim God as God, and ourselves as God’s creatures. We are called by God and sent by the community; WE GO IN JOY!

--From You Are Sent, Constitution of the School Sisters of Notre Dame

In 2009, Style magazine dubbed Sisters Vincent and Gerold the "swingingest nuns around!" Read the story here.

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Services for Sister Vincent will be held in Baltimore and St. Louis. 

St. Louis: Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, June 14, at 11:15 am, in Theresa Center, Santa Maria in Ripa.

Baltimore: Memorial Mass on Thursday, June 20, at 11:45 am, at Villa Assumpta, at 6401 North Charles Street and Bellona Avenue.