Sister Celinda Medina, OSB, 96, a Benedictine sister of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, died Sunday, October 24, 2021, at the monastery.
Patient and sweet-natured, Sister Celinda endured many years of disability with peaceful acceptance. She was born in La Jara, Colorado, on Feb. 20, 1925, one of the 14 children of Juan and Celina Romero Medina. She entered the Mount community in 1945 and recently celebrated 75 years of monastic profession. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Mount St. Scholastica College, she obtained training in the Read-On program at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco and completed her Reading Specialist certificate at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. She taught primary grades for 41 years in Kansas and Colorado and received a service award for teaching over 25 years in Wyandotte County. From 1988 to 2000 she was the director of the Read-On Center at the Mount Community Center. A reading teacher par excellence, she delighted in the discovery of the power of the word by children and adults. Her tenacious dedication to help children learn was evident in her many hours of tutoring after school and on Saturdays. She even tutored local students in reading during her summer vacations to the family home in La Jara.
Sister Celinda was preceded in death by her parents, by her brothers Adelmo, Teofilo and Gilbert Medina, and her sisters Louise and Marie Medina, Celina McFarlan, Sister Lucia Medina S.Sp.S., Sister Dora Medina, O.S.F., Sister Aurea Medina, O.S.B., Sister Joseph Mary Medina, D.C., and Sister Ramona Medina, C.S.J. She is survived by a brother, Luis Medina and a sister, Sister Rufina Medina, S.M.S.M. and by nieces, nephews, and her monastic family.
The funeral took place on November 10 at St. Scholastica Chapel, Atchison, Kansas.