Obituaries, Week of Dec. 3, 2022

Sister María Inés Martín, a Sister of Saint Joseph for more than 70 years, died on Nov. 8, at age 93. Sister Maria Inés was a native of San German, Puerto Rico, one of six children in the loving family of Maria Isabel Acosta and Humberto Martín. Alicia, her baptismal name, attended Colegio San Jose in her hometown and, upon graduation, went on to earn a BA in Spanish from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. The following year, responding to God’s call, Alicia entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph in Brentwood, New York. 

Upon completing her Novitiate, Sister María Inés embarked on a teaching career which brought her to Saint Joseph Commercial High School in Brooklyn, Colegio San Jose in San German, back to Saint Joseph Commercial, and then to Saint Joseph’s College. All the while, she continued her studies in the Spanish language and culture, earning an MA from Saint John’s University, a certification in Spanish from the University of Madrid, and a Doctorate from Columbia University. 

In 1980, Sister María Inés returned to her roots and assumed the Principalship of Colegio San Jose, which flourished under her strong leadership. In her retirement at Saint Joseph Convent, Sister María Inés volunteered her time and talents in a variety of ways, including assisting staff with English. 

Father James Wood presided at the Mass of Christian Burial offered for Sister María Inés in Sacred Heart Chapel. Interment followed at Calvary Cemetery in Brentwood.