Sister Mary of the Rosary, 99

Schoolteacher

January 28, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Sister Mary of the Rosary San Martin, a member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence who had been active in Baltimore's Hispanic community, died of heart failure Jan. 17 at her order's motherhouse in Arbutus. She was 99.

Norberta San Martin Pan was born and raised in Cardenas, Cuba. She was educated by the Oblate Sisters of Providence and later moved to Havana, where she graduated from the Teacher Training Institute.

She worked as an elementary school teacher in Havana before entering her order in 1935. She took the name Mary of the Rosary and professed her vows in 1938.

From 1938 until 1961, when the government of Fidel Castro expelled her order, Sister Mary of the Rosary taught and served as teacher and principal at the five schools that her order operated in Cuba.

After spending several years at her order's motherhouse, she was sent in 1964 to Siguirres, Costa Rica, where she resumed teaching at what is now Father Roberto Evans High School.

In 1995, she returned to Baltimore and was active in outreach programs sponsored by Centro Catolico Hispano and was a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council for Hispanics. She was also was involved with Hispanic activities at St. Clement Roman Catholic Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 7:30 p.m. today in the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount Providence, 701 Gun Road, Arbutus.

Surviving are a niece and nephew.

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