Sister Mary's Story
Sister Mary Terence Haag died on Oct. 7, 2017, in Mother Theodore Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born in Montgomery on Dec.18, 1916, to Terence and Susie Brewer Haag and was baptized Agnes Mary.
Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on July 14, 1935, and professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1944.
She earned a bachelor's degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. In her 82 years as a Sister of Providence, Sister Mary Terence ministered as a teacher for 35 years in schools in Indiana and Illinois. In 1980, she became a visitor to the homes of the elderly and needy in the Indianapolis central city parishes of St. Ann, St. Bridget, St. Monica and Sts. Peter and Paul, a ministry to which she committed herself until age 97. She then moved to the Motherhouse, giving herself totally to the ministry of prayer.
Sister Mary Terence's dedication to the poor was legendary. She helped the needy, the sick, the shut-ins, never considering any task beneath her. In 1992, her service was given special recognition by the Ladies Auxiliary for the Knights of St. Peter Claver.
Sister is survived by a brother, Joseph C. Haag of Newburgh. She is preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Higgins; and five brothers, John, Albert, Clarence, Cecil and Robert Haag.
The wake is on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, beginning at 9 a.m. in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, with the commentary at 11 a.m. The Mass of Christian burial, with the Rev. Mark O'Keefe presiding, will immediately follow the commentary. Burial is in the cemetery of the Sisters of Providence. The DeBaun Funeral Homes and Crematory assisted with arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 47876.
Published on October 9, 2017