Words of Remembrance

On the Occasion of Her Wake
Sister Kristin Malloy, OSB
September 26, 2007











"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God" (John 1:1)



S. Kristin was a lover of words, especially their cagey nuances that spark complexities of thoughts and conversations. She was absolutely drawn to lively discussions wherein she could slip in her wit and wisdom. That is why she loved Dante, whose rich language captured her spiritual journey. Her favorite quote from Dante, "In God's will is our peace," speaks to her spiritual restlessness which led her to the monastery. Her decision to do so came while she was sitting on a bus in Washington, D.C., on her way to work; everyone around her seemed frantic about getting somewhere. Like Dante, she began to question the journeys these busy people were choosing to take. She decided then to join the monastery, her most important journey.

Another one of her journeys was to Ireland, where she led a Study Abroad program as well as alum tours in summers. But she had many other journeys, some not so well known. When I went through her books last fall, I counted 30 boxes-and that was after she had sorted through all of them-which revealed her passion for fishing, gardening, and photography. Her greatest passion, however, was her love for students-all of them. And they loved her. Her niece, Anne Malloy, once wrote about Kristin: "Her voice always reminded me of a warm, crackling fire, and the Irish eyes were always smiling." She had the ability to make each person, especially the tentative and unprepossessing new student, feel important. She taught generations of students to love literature and to write "sentences that sing."

Even when she went to the University of Minnesota to get her Ph.D. in 1982 at age 60, she gained a following of young people. Mike Opitz, who often drove her to the Cities for classes, says that, "When I dropped her off, there was always a clutter of young women waiting for her." She was their confidante, advisor, friend, leading them to wherever their journeys were taking them. In the tradition of the prophets, S. Kristin made certain that, "The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose" (Isaiah: 35: 1).

Thank you, Kristin, for being our confidante, advisor and friend, too, and reminding us that in God's will is our peace.

S. Nancy Hynes
Adapted for the English Web by Dr. Ozzie Mayers