Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Sr. Mary Celestine Pond, OSB

Sr. Mary Celestine Pond, a member of the Olivetan
Benedictine Sisters of Holy Angels Convent for 68 years, died October 26, 2018.
She was 84 years old.

Elizabeth Ann was born in Galveston, Texas, to
the late Henry and Anna Pond, but grew up in Harrison, Arkansas. She entered
the convent in 1950, while still attending Holy Angels Academy, and received
the name Mary Celestine. She professed first vows in 1952 and final vows in
1956. Sr. Celestine earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Liturgy and a Master’s in
Liturgy and Organ from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She taught
music, directed choirs, and served as organist for many years at Our Lady of
the Holy Souls in Little Rock and Blessed Sacrament in Jonesboro. From 1969 to
1975, she served as the community Subprioress. In recent years, Sr. Celestine
served the community as liturgist and organist, and delighted in teaching piano
to students of all ages.

She is survived by her Sisters in community; a
sister, Thecia Taylor; two brothers, Joseph and Louis Pond; and many nieces and