Sister Ave Maria Maickel,CSJ

We celebrate the life of Ave Maria Maickel, a Sister of St. Joseph for 70 years. Ave knew the love God bestowed on her and it shaped her life enabling her to share that love with countless others.

Born in Floral Park to her parents, Margaret and Peter, Ave grew in the knowledge of her faith at Our Lady of Victory parish school. She entered our community in 1946 and began her ministry as a teacher of young children in the Brooklyn Diocese at St. Patrick’s, Immaculate Conception, Holy Cross, St. Michael’s, Holy Name, St. Francis Xavier and Transfiguration. The foundation of all reality is relational and through these ministries, many strong relationships were built with students and their families. The strength of those relationships was built on Ave’s gift to be attentive and welcoming in quiet and assuming ways. Stories told reveal Ave’s openness to whoever came into her presence. It might have been in a classroom, at a family gathering, with friends and their families or even at a bus stop.

Consistent with our congregation’s mission to bring all into union with God and one another, hospitality and welcoming of all without distinction is central to our way of life.  Ave came to Brentwood in 1968 and for over thirty five years. she would witness to our tradition of hospitality in a multiplicity of ways including clerical assistance at St. Joseph’s Convent while building relationships with the families and friends of the congregation through St. Joseph’s Guild.

During these years Ave was attentive to all of the changes occurring at the Motherhouse. Many sisters from the convent moved to our new residence, Maria Regina and St. Joseph’s Convent housed sisters engaged in diverse ministries while being the center for congregational celebrations. Serving as Assistant Superior and Superior from 1993 – 2003, Ave’s attentive and welcoming manner enabled our sisters to move through many new challenges as sisters returned to the convent while Maria Regina was renovated to become a skilled nursing facility welcome other congregations and lay persons.

As we will hear in today’s gospel, the angel visited our Blessed mother greeting her with “Hail Mary,” “Ave Maria,” hail favored one. Ave was favored by God and as did Mary, she answered the call to be open to God speaking to her heart. As Mary, that call posed times that were troubling but in faith and with deep trust Ave lived out her “yes.” It enabled her to be present, attentive and welcoming in ways she may never have anticipated when she first uttered that yes.

We thank  Ave  for her selfless “yes” and we promise to continue to share the hospitality she offered so readily.

Sister Ave Maria Maickel, CSJ died on February 26, 2017 in the 72nd year of her religious life.

Share on Facebook0Share on Google+0Share on LinkedIn0Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Memorial Archives
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 
       
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728    
       
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
       
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
       
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   
       
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
       
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
       
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
2829     
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
       
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930     
       
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
       
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   
       
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 
       
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
2627282930  
       
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    
       
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
       
       
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
       
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
       
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 
       
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930    
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
31      
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
       
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930     
       
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
       
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   
       
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
232425262728 
       
   1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031 
       
     12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930
       
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  
       
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
2930     
       
    123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031
       
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28293031   
       
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30      

    Nourished by prayer, supported by community and energized by ministry, we are constantly addressing the needs of these times.