Memorial Mass for Sister Marie Brent

Wednesday, December 6th – 6pm

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

Memorial Mass followed by Potluck & Dedication of Parish Hall as the
“Sister Marie Brent Parish Hall”

Sister Marie Ann Brent passed away November 22. Brent was born in 1934 in California. After becoming a nun and serving in Oakland, Brent travelled to Alaska and worked in the church as well as volunteered as an EMT in Dillingham and the Aleutian Islands. Brent came to Valdez in 1993 and spent 21 years at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, most of the time serving as church administrator. Brent moved back to California in 2014. The St. Francis Xavier community invites everyone to come and share memories and photos of this amazing woman on Wednesday at 6pm.


KVAK‘s Laurie Prax had a chance to interview Sister Marie in 2014.
CLICK HERE to hear an interview her experiences, adventures and thoughts on life.


Sisters of the Holy Family

Sister Marie Ann Brent, SHF

November 18, 1934 – November 22, 2017 

Sister Marie Ann Brent, SHF, died peacefully and suddenly at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of the Holy Family in Fremont on November 22, 2017, at the age of 83. She was born on November 18, 1934, in Oakland, California, and entered the Sisters of the Holy Family from St. Andrew’s  Parish there on January 6, 1953, at the age of 18.

Sister Marie Ann served in day homes and religious education in parishes in southern California, the Bay Area and Texas until the early 1970s when she went to Alaska to help out in summer religious education programs. The rest is history! The Alaska tourism commission has a saying, “Once you come to Alaska, you never go all the way home.” This was certainly true of Sister Marie Ann.

She served in Southeastern Alaska, in Sitka and in the smallest missions and villages in the scattered islands. The also served in the remote Aleutian Islands, far western Alaska, and most recently as pastoral administrator of the parish in Valdez. In addition to pastoral and liturgical activities, she was also deeply involved in emergency medical service and chaplaincies with first responders.

In 2014, Sister’s medical and physical conditions forced her to return to California where she could receive the care she needed among her Sisters of the Holy Family.

The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 29, at 10:30 a.m. at the Holy Family Motherhouse in Fremont. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Sisters of the Holy Family, PO Box 3248, Fremont, CA 94539.

43543 Mission Blvd., P.O. Box 3248, Fremont, CA 94539

Phone: 510-624-4596, Fax: 510-624-4550

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