Sister Felicitas Weberding, 1903-2001

Born March 3, 1903, Covington, Kentucky
Entered St. Walburg Monastery, August 2, 1921
First Profession June 26, 1923
Died April 12, 2001

When both her parents died in the flu epidemic of 1906, Sr. Felicitas, her brother and sister were placed in St. John’s Orphanage under the care of the Benedictine Sisters. When she was ready to leave the orphanage, Fr. Blees became her guardian and enrolled her at Villa Madonna Academy from which she graduated. At the time of her death she was the oldest living graduate of the Academy.

For forty-nine years–1921 until 1970–Sr. Felicitas taught in various schools. After her retirement from teaching, she helped in the archives, did housework and wielded her skillful needle in all kinds of crafts, especially quilting. A request for a hem here or a tuck there always received her gracious attention.

Sr. Felicitas resided in the monastery infirmary for a number of years. A common sight on the patio was Sr. Felicitas (on the left in the picture) and her good friend, Sr. Sylvester visiting together. Neither could hear but they enjoyed that companionship. Always cheerful and uncomplaining, Sr. Felicitas was most faithful to her religious duties. Even in her last days when she was not feeling well, she would find her way to her place in chapel. Death came quietly on Holy Thursday, as she was resting in her chair. At the time of her death, she was the oldest and longest professed member of the community.