Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Hi its Lourdes again.
Dr. Otto Maduro, a friend and colleague of Ada at Drew University, has has organized a series of talks by Fr. Ray Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest friend of Ada, that are being held in her honor at the University.
  1. Talk on The Contemporary Struggle for Women's Ordination in the Roman Catholic Church: Tue. 9/11 from 11:15 am to 1:10 pm, (probably Seminary Hall Room 109);
  2. Talk on Marielitos: Cuban Exiles in U.S. Prisons: same day, Tue. 9/11, at 6 or 6:45 pm, Craig Chapel at Seminary Hall;
  3. Talk on The School of the Americas: A U.S. training camp for Latin American dictators & torturers: Wed. 9/12, 11:15-1:10, (probably Seminary Hall Room 109);

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Estate Inquiries

Please refer any and all questions about Ada Maria, estate to Lourdes M. Nicosia at 305-788-5344 or stvnncs@aol.com.
Thanks

Memorial Services

Hi this is Lourdes another of Ada Maria's sisters.  I will like to let you know of two memorial services in honor of Ada Ma. that will be held in the New York City area.  The first one will be on Sunday, August 26, 2012 at Our Lady Queen of The Angels community (the Side-Walk Church) on 226 East 113 St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave., at 10:30 am.  The memorial will start with the Sunday celebration of the community, followed by a walking procession to Hunter College where a memorial will take place followed by refreshments and food.
The second memorial will be held at Drew College in New Jersey on Oct. 17, 2012.  More information about this memorial will be forthcoming.
Ada Ma presence continues in the mind and hearts of her family and friends and in the many communities which she was part of.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Memorial Mass in Rochester, NY

Hi, This is Gracie, another one of Ada's sister.  Hope everyone is doing well. 

Rosalie Muschal-Reinhart, a dear friend of Ada Maria since 1975, and I have just finished making all the necessary arrangements for a Memorial Mass to celebrate Ada Maria's life here in Rochester.  All of you are invited and welcomed to the Memorial Mass which will be celebrated at St. Michael's Catholic Church -869 Clinton Avenue North, Rochester, NY - one of the parishes Ada Maria did her missionary work in, by Father Larry Tracy, who Ada Maria worked under his leadership, on Saturday July 28, 2012 at 11:00am with a small reception immediately following in St. Michael's Hall.  I will also be posting this notice in Ada Maria's Facebook page but if you know of anyone that would like to receive this information and we have not notified, please pass it on.

If you would like any more information, you could contact me at graciella.isasi@gmail.com
Have a wonderful summer and let's continue our life following my sister's steps.


Monday, May 14, 2012


Hi, its Gloria.  First and foremost, thanks for all the wonderful thoughts, prayers and wishes for Ada Maria and the family in the comments.  They are wonderful to read and do help to give solace at a very difficult time.

Below you will find Ada Maria's obituary which will run in a few newspapers later this week.  We thought that this community would also want to see it.  Towards the end of the obituary are all the particulars of her wake, mass and burial in Miami, FL.  As I mentioned before, if some of you can and want to join us, you'll be welcomed by Ada's family.

Later in the year, perhaps late summer, early fall, we will be contacting some of you to help us with a memorial in New York City.  We know that Ada was deeply rooted in this community and want to respect that for her and for you.

Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz
Dr. Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz died on May 13, 2012 at age 69 after having received the Holy Sacraments. Ada Maria was born in La Habana, Cuba, on March 22, 1943, the daughter of Josefina Diaz de Isasi and Domingo G. Isasi-Battle (RIP 2005). She lived her youth in Cuba, studying in La Habana where she graduated from Merici Academy in 1960.

She moved to the United States in 1960 with her family, and soon after entered the Ursuline novitiate in Santa Rosa, California.  After finishing studies at New Rochelle College, NY, Ada was sent to Lima, Peru by the order to work among the poor in the “barriada de Miramar”.  There she became passionate in caring for the dispossessed and building the “kin-dom” of God.

After leaving the convent in 1969, she lived with her family in the United States.  Realizing that she had a continued calling to be an educator and a voice for the underprivileged, Ada Maria moved in 1975 to Rochester, New York where she served in two inner city parishes and became involved in the Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC).

Ada Maria earned a Masters of Divinity and a Doctorate in Theology from Union Theological Seminary, in New York City in 1990.  At Union, she started her lifelong engagement and leadership in the community of Liberation Theologians. Continuing her commitment to women’s issues, she coined the term Mujerista theology to make explicit the Latina voice in Feminist Liberation Theology.

In 1991, Ada Maria became a professor of Ethics and Theology at Drew University, Madison, NJ from where she retired in 2009. Students were very fond of her and described her as someone who was a demanding teacher, fair, honest and passionate. While at Drew University, she co-founded the Hispanic Theological Institute for training of Hispanic Theologians.

She was a prolific writer, completing eight books, and many scholarly articles.  Her
seminal work was Mujerista Theology: a Theology for the 21st Century

She is survived and remembered by her mother, sisters, and brother, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, her nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, friends and the community of women she mentored and inspired.

Visiting hours will be held at Caballero-Rivero-Woodlawn, 8200 SW 40th Street, Miami, FL from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on May 18, 2012.  A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at St.Thomas the Apostle Church, 7377 SW 64th Street, Miami, FL at 2:00 p.m. on May19, 2012; followed by the internment at Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery, 11411 NW 25th St, Miami, FL. 

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to either:

Mary’s Pence                                              Mercy Corps
275 East 4th Street, #707                              P.O. Box 2669
St. Paul, MN 55101                                     Portland, OR 97208

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Hi, its Gloria, Sunday, May 13th, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, Ada Maria passed away.  She continued in the deep sleep in which she was for the last 48 hours, and her breathing simply became less frequent until it stopped at 1:40 a.m.  There was no struggle, agony nor any signs of discomfort.  She has now moved on to her eternal life, having left behind a remarkable legacy.  The lives of all who knew her and loved her were immensely enriched by her presence.  She walked un Buen Camino and triumphed in La Lucha for compassion and solidarity.

It is time to celebrate her life and honor her memory.

We are taking Ada Maria's body to be buried in Miami.  Once all the arrangements have been completed, I will post her obituary, which includes the information on her services in Miami.  For those of you that can and want to join us for these services, please know that Ada Maria's family will welcome you.

In addition, later in the year, we will be conducting memorial services for her in New York city.  I will keep the blog updated with that information.

My heart is sad and the word that keeps going through my mind, is what pilgrims on El Camino tell each other when things get difficult, Animรณ.

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Hi, just wanted to take a few minutes to give you a short update on Ada.

By yesterday morning (Friday morning), she deteriorated a bit more and during the day slipped into unconsciousness. So now, she is no longer able to interact with us.

She received the Sacrament of the Sick and Communion on Thursday and we have had a number of prayers in her room.

The staff at MSK is doing a great job in helping us care for her. We took a lot of the medical "stuff" that no longer serves any purpose out of her room and brought in roses and music, they matter a lot more now.

Mari has come up from Miami and so now it is Luli, Evelio, Mari, Jose and me at her side.  I am heading back to Chicago late this afternoon.  I know that I leave her in the best of hands and the business of living always goes on.

I will post again when Ada takes the last step in El Camino or if there is any other major development.

Thanks to all of you for the wonderful comments, prayers and emails.  I read a few of them to Ada yesterday.  I don't know whether or not she can hear them but I chose to believe that she can.  Both Ada and her family truly appreciate them.