Remembering Sister Marie Vincent
On Saturday, June 8, 2013, the Notre Dame community lost a treasured community member—Marie Vincent Brothers, SSND. Students' memories are shared below.
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When you meet people sometimes you just can't remember how you became friends. This is the story of unlikely friends. When you go to college, you never think you make friends with two nuns. Let alone two nuns who love to take photographs! :) Sister Vincent, Sister Gerold, and I met when the leadership and social change program held a luncheon. I guess I found the photo nuns welcoming. They became very kind friends. I remember interviewing both Sister Vincent and Sister Gerold for my intro to history oral history project. It was funny listening to their stories. I'd run into them in the halls and stop by weekly to say hi (this was over 4 years at Notre dame). They always had great stories to tell and showed me the amazing cards they worked on. They never let me leave without a card or two! I'd always have my friends sign up to have the annual Christmas dinner with the photo nuns! Sister Vincent was also some I told my successes to and my short comings to. I was able to vent to both nuns. At graduation, it was bittersweet. While happy to graduate but sad to leave those I cared for behind. Sister Vincent and Sister Gerold attended my graduation and gave me a small gift, I still have the gift some where. Along with the countless cards that I've probably lost track of. Sister Vincet you will be missed.
— Jennifer McGuire ’07
My thoughts and prayers are with Sister V and her family. She was an amazing graphic designer and teacher!
— Michele Sanford ’96
I remember the first time I met Sister Vincent (& Sister Gerold--you rarely saw one without the other!) It was my freshman orientation in 1984, and Sister Vincent was one of the first of many friendly faces to warmly greet my family and me that day. I was impressed at how funky, edgy and distinctively artsy she looked, like an artist right out of the Greenwich Village scene. My aunt and mother slyly exchanged a glance—Sister Vincent was certainly unlike nuns they had as teachers when they were in school! I didn't take a formal class with the Sisters until my senior year, but anyone was welcome to visit them in their studio. In the spring of 1985, the sisters arranged a visit to campus from the artist Corita Kent, who had recently designed one of the "Love" stamps for the US Post Office. I was looking forward to Corita Kent's lecture so much that Sister Vincent gave me one of the hanging banners she and Sister Gerold had made to put up around campus. Sister Vincent was a bright, colorful presence on campus, both literally as well as spiritually. I'll always remember her love for life, her passion for art and her joy in sharing that passion with everyone. She encouraged us to create and to enjoy the process.
— Mary Lee FitzGerald ’88
Sr Vincent was a huge influence in my life. I loved and will always cherish my years in the Art Rooms of Rosati. I remember both Sr Vincent and Sr Gerold with great fondness.
— Therese Carmody-McKenna
I was so lucky to have G & V serve as my assistants while I was the Director of Residence Life. I will always remember seeing Sr's Gerold and Marie Vincent ride up to Doyle on their blue bicycles most mornings, joining them for breakfast and going over our plans for the day. In her quiet way Sr V imparted wisdom and strength, her warmth was always present and her laughter was such joy.
— Kim Bennett
It is impossible to overstate the impact that Sister Marie Vincent and Sister Gerold had on my life and those of my friends who were in the Art program at RK. They had style, enthusiasm and a way of looking at the world that continues to inspire me. They fostered creativity and demanded excellence from high school girls in a way was and is tremendously empowering. To this day, whenever I see a word spelled out vertically I feel the cosmic disapproval of Sister Marie Vincent and her patient reminder that type is beautiful but that it's purpose is to be read, and spelling vertically is "an assault on the eye and interrupts the ultimate purpose of your design, which is communication." Forty years later I can still hear her voice, clear as day. Many of us who were there in those halcyon days at Rosati-Kain know now that, in Gerold & Vincent, we were graced with a kind of mentorship and creative energy that we would spend the rest of our days trying to recapture.
— Sarah Connell