“Sister Mary Letitia Senegal (nee Mary Florence) daughter of the late John Zeno Senegal and Leonie Taylor Senegal entered eternal life on May 19, 2018. She was 98 years of age. Sister Letitia was born in Grand Coteau, Louisiana, entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family on September 6, 1936, made First Vows March 20, 1939, and Perpetual Vows August 15, 1945.
Sister Letitia was the first of ten children. After having made a retreat designed for youth 16 and older, she knew at the tender age of thirteen that she wanted to enter the convent. She began her life of total dedication to God and obedience to his will at sixteen years of age.
Sister got her first mission experience at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans before professing first vows. She earned her B.A. degree in elementary education from Loyola University in New Orleans and her M.A. in theology from San Antonio, TX. She furthered her education at such institutions as Dominican Institute of Theology, Loyola Business School, in New Orleans, and Mercy College in Pennsylvania. Sr. Letitia has traveled the world learning more about our Catholic faith, visiting Italy, France, Egypt, Portugal, and Rome.
Sister Letitia gave herself wholeheartedly to God and his people. She was a diligent, enthusiastic, educator, and friend to those who were in her care. She ministered throughout Louisiana in: New Orleans, Donaldsonville, Baton Rouge, and Opelousas; in Houston, TX; Washington, D.C.; Greensburg, PA; Tulsa, OK; Apalachicola, FL; and Compton, CA. Sister also served in formation with the young professed sisters. She worked untiringly in the financial drive to build the new Motherhouse and later in promoting the Cause of Henriette Delille. Sister believed that she had no “great talent,” but that she was “very creative and, an experienced person” with “a gift to work with people for a greater good.” She said, “I have two gifts: obedience and determination. By understanding the spiritual gift of obedience, and necessity, I am able to go where I am sent, and do what I am asked. By the grace of God, I did my best, and enjoyed my religious life.”
When sister formally retired from the classroom, she continued to educate those who were in need. She helped priests and others, who came to this country, with their language skills and in their adjustment to our society. Sister was also a devoted friend and comforter to her family and those whom she met. Her warm smile, witty remarks, and joyous spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers: Lawrence, John, and Harold Senegal; by three sisters: Myrtle Henry, Mary Mable Carmouche, and Bessie Byrd. Left to cherish her memory is one brother, Joseph (Marie) Senegal, two sisters: Ruby (Joseph) Babineaux, and Marie (Eugene) Casey; two sisters-in-law: Barbara and Rita Senegal, as well as a host of beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.”