Stored for decades and all but forgotten, 14 paintings were discovered by archivist Kathleen O’Connor in a mailing tube in a drawer with other unidentified documents in the Sisters’ Archives. “When I carefully unrolled the papers, I found the most amazing works of art painted to resemble stained glass windows,” Kathleen shared. She later learned that Sr. Marie of St. Joseph Oddie (1889 – 1968) had painted the Nativity story pictures in the ’50s to adorn the windows in the Sisters’ dining hall in Ralston Mansion on the College of Notre Dame (now NDNU) campus.
Sr. Margaret Hoffman says of Sr. Marie, “As my art teacher in high school and later as my colleague in the CND art department, Sister’s joyous, loving spirit could be seen in her beautiful face as well as in her sunny watercolors of Carmel, flowers and sacred images. And this former Londoner had a droll British wit we all loved!”
We hope you enjoy this selection of Sr. Marie’s paintings.
For more information about them and for reprint permission, please contact Kathleen O’Connor.