We recently celebrated the 98th birthday of Little Sister of the Poor, Sister Marie Mathilde de la Croix. To celebrate the occasion, the Little Sisters and postulants gathered in the convent for a special dinner that included singing, and a cake with candles and ice cream.
77 years a Little Sister of the Poor, Sr. Marie Mathilde was born March 7, 1913 in Colombia where she entered the order as a postulant. She made her novitiate at the motherhouse, La Tour Saint Joseph, and after making first vows in 1934, she came to the United States.
With her quick wit, loving ways and generous spirit, it is easy to imagine Sr. Marie Mathilde in her role as the Mother Superior for several homes across the United States, including St. Paul’s Home in Cincinnati, Ohio and St. Augustine’s Home in Indianapolis, Indiana.
In the early 1960s, when the St. Augustine building could no longer meet the changing life safety code regulations, Sr. Marie Mathilde went to work. She raised funds and garnered support from local church and community leaders to build a new, modern facility. The new St. Augustine’s Home opened in 1968.
Sister is much beloved by our “little family” of Little Sisters, Residents, postulants, and employees.
Happy 98th Birthday Sister Marie Matilde!