Sister Mary Alice Chineworth, a former superior general of the Baltimore-based Oblate Sisters of Providence who overcame racial discrimination in her pursuit of a religious vocation, will be remembered at a memorial mass on Sunday.
She died on June 21, just three weeks shy of her 100th birthday.
Sister Mary Alice was instrumental in helping raise funds for her order’s schools, including more than $2 million from Camille Cosby for the St. Frances Academy on Chase Street. She also taught at St. Pius V School in Harlem Park.
“She was fascinating,” said Ralph Moore, former director of the Community Center at St. Frances Academy.
Sister Mary Alice was “a great friend,” Moore said, speaking with the Catholic Review:
He noted that Sister Alice was mentally, physically and spiritually active throughout her long life. A voracious reader, she often inquired what books others were reading.
“Up until a few years ago, she used to work out on the treadmill every day,” Moore said.
Moore said his family traveled with Sister Alice to Maine to visit her relatives for her 90th birthday and the elderly nun showed so much energy that she wore out people decades younger.
“She had a great mind,” he said, “and she was a straight-shooter.”
The service will be:
Sunday, July 16
Mount Providence Chapel
701 Gun Road
Family Hour (Wake)
Reception to follow. The public is invited.