By Sr. Trinie Pangelinan
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os
Sister Carmen Cruz, formerly known as Sister Rosalie, a Sister of Mercy for 64 years, passed away in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 9, 2017, one week shy of her 83rd birthday. The daughter of the late Enrique and Rosa Cruz of Dededo, she is survived by two brothers – Antonio and Jesus Cruz – and families in California, as well as the Sisters of Mercy in Belmont, N.C., and Guam.
Although she entered the Mercy Community on Guam, Sr. Carmen completed her education in Belmont, North Carolina, University of N.C.-Charlotte, and the University of San Francisco. Her ministry was initially in Early Childhood education and later was certified as a hospital chaplain at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Pennsylvania and received her Master’s degree in Theology of Applied Spirituality from the University of San Francisco.
During her early ministry years, Sr. Carmen served in the Archdiocese of Agaña at Cathedral Grade School and St. Anthony School; the Diocese of Charlotte; and the Archdiocese of New York as a teacher. She was also assistant Aspirant Director on Guam, Vocation Co-director, and Director of Catholic Youth Organization in Wilmington, N.C.
After retiring from active ministry as hospital chaplain at St. Joseph and Memorial Hospitals in Asheville, as well as chaplain for the Buncombe County Police, Sr. Carmen served as a volunteer chaplain, helper at Holy Angels Life Choices, among many interests and concerns, when she moved to Belmont, North Carolina. A woman of vitality and grace, Sr. Carmen will be greatly missed by her sisters, friends and family.
A Service of Remembrance was scheduled on June 15 at the Sacred Heart Convent chapel in Belmont, followed by funeral services on June 16 and burial at Belmont Abbey Cemetery. May Sr. Carmen rest in eternal peace with her “Rabboni” (Master) and loved ones.