Sr. Mary Sebastien Schmidt 1927-2018

Posted on: March 26, 2018 12:00 pm
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Sister Mary Sebastien Schmidt 1927-2018

Sister Mary Sebastien (Jean) Schmidt was born on May 27, 1927, the second of two children, to Helen and Joseph Schmidt in Newport, Kentucky. She attended St. Stephen Elementary School, graduated from Notre Dame Academy in 1945, entered the Sisters of Notre Dame in September of the same year and made her profession of vows on August 11, 1948. 

Sister Sebastien continued her education and graduated from Villa Madonna College, Xavier University, and Regina Mundi in Rome, Italy. Her first assignments were in elementary education at St. Augustine School in Covington, Kentucky and Sacred Heart School in Bellevue, Kentucky. She spent several years teaching religion, Latin, and history at Notre Dame Academy in Covington and Bishop Brossart High School in Alexandria, Kentucky. 

In 1990, Sister Sebastien was missioned to Holy Trinity Parish and School in Harlan, Kentucky. On arriving, she realized the need not merely to teach, but to help serve the entire Harlan community. She set out immediately by sending bi-monthly appeal letters and giving mission talks. Her outreach included more than appeals for funds. She also had a "convent front porch pantry" for distributing food, diapers, clothing, and money for medicine. Sister Sebastien would turn no one away.

After a stroke in 2002, she retired to Lourdes Hall Care Center at the Covington Provincial Center. Nevertheless, she continued various forms of outreach, including her appeal letters for the Learning Center in Harlan, which succeeded the school. As a child, Sister Sebastien's mother had taught her to say “All for Jesus” in every situation. In her years of teaching and serving others, Sister Sebastien always lived by those words. She would have celebrated seventy years of religious life this summer, her Jubilee of Grace.

Sister Mary Sebastien went home to God, surrounded by her family and friends on March 22, 2018. She is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Ted Schmidt. She is survived by her nephew.


Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at the SND Provincial Center, 1601 Dixie Highway, Covington, KY 41011
4:00 p.m. Visitation in the Large Meeting Room
5:00 p.m. Wake Service in the Large Meeting Room
7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial in the St. Joseph Heights Chapel

Interment will be at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in the convent cemetery.

Lydia Dykes
Date: on March 26, 2018

She was a great friend to me and was always ready to listen and give me advice, if I asked. She came into my life and made a difference. Sister Sebastien taught me to remove my “blinders” and really look at life, and I did. She was there for me in so many ways and even when she left Harlan she continued to be a part of my life through phone calls, notes, cards and letters. I am going to miss her but one day I will see her again. Fly with the angels dear Sister Sebastien.

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