In Memoriam: Sister Agnes Trombley, OSB
Funeral Live Stream
Thursday, December 23, 2021
Join us by live stream to celebrate Sister Agnes Trombley's life on the St. Paul’s Monastery Facebook page: facebook.com/StPaulsMonastery/live/
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“May Christ bring us all together to everlasting life.” Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 72.12
Sister Agnes Trombley entered peacefully into eternal life, fulfilling her baptismal call on December 18, 2021, at St. Paul’s Monastery.
Agnes (Celeste Therese) was born on April 6, 1929, in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She was the fifth of six children born to George and Agnes Germain Trombley. She had two brothers and three sisters, one of whom was also a vowed religious at Saint Benedict’s Monastery in Saint Joseph, MN. Sister Agnes graduated from Saint Anthony High School in Minneapolis in 1947 and attended the College of Saint Catherine, where she earned a B.A. degree in History and Education in 1959. She later received a M.A. in Sacred Studies from Saint John’s University.
Sister Agnes entered St. Paul’s Priory on September 15, 1949 and became a novice on June 12, 1950. She made her first monastic profession on July 11, 1951, and her perpetual monastic profession on July 11, 1954. On July 11, 2021, she joyfully celebrated her 70th Jubilee with her classmate Sister Benita Gerold.
Sister Agnes was an empathetic and dedicated teacher who taught elementary and junior high students at Maternity of Mary, St. Paul; St. Bernard’s, St. Paul; St. Boniface, St. Bonifacius (Principal); and St. Anne’s, Minneapolis. She served as the Principal at St. Boniface in Hastings from 1967-1969. She taught religion at Archbishop Murray Memorial High School (Hill-Murray) from 1969-1972. She also worked as a pastoral assistant at St. Raphael’s in Crystal from 1972-1984 and 1987-1992. From 1992-2004 she served in pastoral ministry at St. Therese Home of New Hope.
Sister Agnes served as Formation Director of St. Paul’s Monastery from 2005-2011. She also served as the Community Representative for the Benedictine Associates Ministry Program, and on the Monastery’s Finance Committee, and was a current member of the Monastic Council. The Community has always sought her wisdom and intelligence in a variety of areas.
Sister Agnes recently became an avid caretaker of orchids and loved to share the blooming plants with her Sisters, bringing much beauty to the Monastery. Sister Agnes is survived by her brother Philip and her sister Lee Michnowski, many nieces and nephews, her Benedictine Community, Oblates, Associates, and dear friend Pat Swanke.
A vigil wake was held at Sandberg Mortuary, December 22, 2021, from 4-6 pm. Mass of Christian Burial December 23, 2021, at 11:00 am at St. Paul’s Monastery. Mass will be livestreamed on St. Paul’s Monastery Facebook page. Interment at Monastery Cemetery.
Community of St. Paul’s Monastery
Sisters, Oblates, and Benedictine Associates
Sister Catherine Nehotte, OSB, Prioress
St. Paul, Minnesota
Federation of St. Benedict
"Wisdom" (Adapted from Wisdom 6:12-16)
I, Wisdom, am with you.
I am a light that will never grow dim.
Love me and you will see me.
Look for me and you will find me.
At the slightest indication
of your desire for me,
I will make myself known to you.
Watch for me at the very start
of what you are about,
and you will have no trouble.
You will find me, ever present,
sitting at your table.
Even thinking about my
presence will help you.
Be aware of my presence, my concern,
my willingness to inspire and to instruct you.
As you meet with each other,
I will meet with each and all of you.