Sister Cabrini Rael, OSB 1928-2013

Sister Cabrini A. Rael O.S.B., 85, of St Mary Monastery, Rock Island, died Monday, October 14, 2013 at UnityPoint Health-Trinity, Rock Island.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday in the Chapel of St. Mary Monastery, 2200 88th Ave. W., Rock Island. Burial is at Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.

Visitation is 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m.

Cabrini A. Rael was born April 25, 1928 in Puerto de Luna, New Mexico, a daughter of Frank Rael and Susan Page Rael. She attended Santa Rosa Elementary, Santa Fe, New Mexico and St. Mary’s Academy, Nauvoo, Ill. She graduated from St. Ambrose College in Davenport and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education.

Sister Cabrini entered the Benedictine community on Dec. 8, 1948 and made her final profession as a Benedictine Sister on June 24, 1953.

Her ministry included teaching school at St. Mary’s, Moline; St. Boniface, Peoria; St John, Bradford; Holy Family, Peoria; St. Columba, Chicago; Immaculate Conception, Monmouth; Sts. Peter & Paul, Nauvoo, Ill.

She is survived by her Benedictine Sisters; brothers, John and Donald Rael; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Frank and Joseph Rael; sisters, Sister Augustine Rael and Thelma Bonney.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary Monastery.

13 thoughts on “Sister Cabrini Rael, OSB 1928-2013

  1. You know how broken my heart is. We wrote to each other all these years since I have been gone. Now I understand why she hasn’t written back. She kept you all updated on Denis. He is with hospice. He is not in any imediate demize, but it is a slow down hill fall. I am taking care of him here at home. So sorry for all of you she was a blessing to know.


    • Thank you for your kind words, Uraina. Sr. Cabrini touched so many lives. We will continue to keep Denis in prayer. Sr. Sheila


    • Uraina, Your note will be shared with the whole community. Blessings to you and your family. You are in our – and Sr. Cabrini’s – prayers.


  2. Sr. Cabrini and Sr. Augustine were my mother-in-law’s cousins, and I had the pleasure of meeting them both. They were both such wonderful and loving ladies. Even though they were so far away, I always made sure to keep up-to-date with them. I received a letter from Sr. Cabrini in April after my mother passed away.

    Sr. Cabrini is now with Sr. Augustine and cousins Margaret, Kathryn, and Cecilia, and I am sure they are rejoicing with the Lord. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.


    • Dear Linda,

      Sharing your memories of Sr. Cabrini and Sr. Augustine is much appreciated. They would be pleased that you sent this e-mail. Sr. Cabrini had a ministry of letter writing so I’m happy to hear she wrote to you after your Mother died last April.

      Sr. Sheila McGrath


  3. Carlos Martinez

    You taught me that kindness was earned through respect and that with love there was always a way to earn both in spades. I fondly remember you coming to visit and stay with us when I was a child. I remember especially being fascinated with the layers of clothing that comprised your full habit. Trips to the mountains were full of laughter, tall tales, good food and lots of love. Rest dear cousin and say hello to my Dad and Mom……I miss them as I will miss you.



  4. I just want to say THANK YOU for everything you did for me and writing to me. You was there to listen and I loved that. I’m really glad and thankful I got to meet you by my grandmother Uraina. It does make me sad but I know your in a good place. I’m so sorry we didn’t stay as long in touch like I’m sure we both wanted to. But I am really glad I had the pleasure meeting you with all my heart.


  5. What a shock fir God to take her so swiftly, yet I think that is how she would have wanted to end her life on Earth. She was a very talented lady with deep compassion and convictions. Most of all she had a great sense of humor and warm heart. Her life centered on God and that centering encomoassedi her entire lufe. She will be missed dearly.


  6. Carmen Martinez

    Sister Cabrini was my beloved cousin on my mother’s side of the family. Because of their close relationship, Sister Cabrini was ever-present in my childhood and way into my adult life. I have so many memories to ruminate upon, but this box would not be big enough. I am comforted by the fact she is at peace and another angel is beside me as I continue writing the chapters of my life. I love you so very much.


  7. I had just met Sr. Cabrini on my retreat earlier this month. I was fortunate to be able to join a lectio session with her one day before mass. Although I had just met her, when I read today that she had died, I felt a stab of pain in my heart; I was looking forward to seeing her again on my next visit. My sincere condolences to the Sisters at St. Mary Monastery.


  8. Sister Cabrini was the deepest thinker of my two cousins there at the Monastery, Sister Augustine being the straight talking tomboy nun that played sports with us younger cousins: usually in full habit, when they would visit us. Sister Cabrini, or “Suzie”, as she told us to call her, always had a way of reaching through the noise and bluster that was me as a youngster. She would always entreat me to look at things in front of me from different perspectives than my own. As time went on in my life, that lesson took root like a grapevine. I would visit with her whenever she came home to see us and try to learn more from her, plus show a little of how I had incorporated the things she taught me in my life. I always felt our family had an “in” with the heavenly host due to the good fortune of having our dear cousins as religious there in the Community. Now with their passing, sadness fills my heart, though it is tempered with the thought of their new lives with our Lord in peace and fulfillment. I know we all have them as intercessors before our Lord. That is, and will be, a wonderful comfort for me always. I humbly pray the peace and salvation of our Lord and Savior be upon my beloved cousins, Sr’s. Cabrini and Augustine. Hope to see you again “Suzie” and “Lindy”.


  9. Sr. Cabrini,
    You were a kind and caring person always ready to assist anyone at anytime. I know you are enjoying your eternal reward. You will be missed so very much.


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