In Memoriam

Sister Molly Anne Nicholson, OP (Marie Mark)

(March 23, 1937 - February 2, 2023)

My joy and trust are great because of the One who loves me and calls me to be with Him, wherever He is. My final profession ring given to me by my parents is half of my mother’s wedding band. As I wear it, I feel wrapped in my parents’ love and commitment to God and to life in all forms.

All I can say over and over are the words of love in return for love: “Amen, Come Lord Jesus, Come.” They are the words inscribed in my final profession ring which I wear, and in my heart as well.

Sister Molly Anne Nicholson, who concluded her autobiography with these paragraphs, was born in Detroit on March 23, 1937. Her father, Mark Nicholson, a plasterer by trade, was born in Portadown, Northern Ireland, and came to the U.S. in early 1900. He returned to his homeland for a time in 1923, and there he met and married Sarah Jane McAlinden of Craigavon.

All seven of the children were given Irish names: Bridget (called Gael), Patrick, Terrance Arthur, William Dermot, Thomas Emmett, James Malachy, and Molly Anne, the youngest of the Nicholson clan. Gael entered the Congregation  when her little sister was six years old, so Molly grew up with her five brothers.

She was named after her maternal grandmother and was very proud of that fact and of her Irish heritage. Mark and occasionally Jane regaled their children with Irish stories and taught them the songs of their ancestral home, and step dancing was part of their regular visits to the Irish clubs in Detroit.

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Sincere condolences to Sr Mollys (r I p ) family and friends from all her relatives in Ireland thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time Eilish {Mcalinden) &Seamus Sullivan , Una Mcalinden , Patricia. (Mcalinden) John & Eimear Downey, Gerard & Michelle Mcalinden , & Daire ,Andrew , & Ronan .☘️☘️

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