Sister Mary of the Holy Spirit, OP, loved singing and dancing but found her true calling in Jesus and Mary.
Dominican Sister Mary of the Holy Spirit; singer found ‘greater loves not of earth’
November 8th, 2011
Dominican Sister Mary of the Holy Spirit (Aida Martignetti) died Oct. 14 at Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park.
Before entering the Dominican congregation, she had begun a career in theater as a singer. “New insights into religious life made her aware of her real vocation and she entered Corpus Christi Monastery in Bronx, N.Y. in 1944, and in 1967 transferred to Corpus Christi Monastery, Menlo Park,” her community said.
In what she called “her vocation story,” Sister Mary said she came easily to religious life. “Dancing and singing were the very loves of my earthly life,” she wrote. “However, there were yet greater loves not of earth – Jesus and Mary, my constant companions.”
She won several Kodak awards for her photography, which was also published in national magazines. Her memories were set down in her self-published book, “Memoirs of a Nutty Nun.”
“When anyone was suffering in body, mind or spirit, she loved to intercede for them, and always had consoling words that strengthened the person in trial,” the sisters said.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Oct. 19 with interment in a crypt under the monastery chapel. Remembrances may be made to the Dominican Nuns, Corpus Christi Monastery, 215 Oak Grove Ave., Menlo Park 94025.
From November 11, 2011 issue of Catholic San Francisco.