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


  1. Annalisa MartinezMay 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM

    Dear Gloria, Lourdes, Evelio and family,

    First of all, thank you for your tragically beautiful postings updating us on Ada's Camino throughout her unfortunate ordeal. The above obituary is yet another example of how eloquently you describe her, although even then, words don't do justice to the person that Ada was.

    Ada was such an incredible person with a huge presence. Knowing her, one couldn't help but be touched by her and our family is grateful to have had the opportunity to spend time with her in Korea and to find ourselves close to her again when we returned to NJ. Her love of life, adventurous spirit and generous heart, as well as her knowledge about so many fascinating topics made her one of my and my families' favorite people. The kids were always excited when 'Tia Ada' would come for a stay and we were blessed to have been a small part of her huge life.

    To say that she was taken from us too early is an understatement, and we ourselves should only hope that we each get to live a life a fraction as full as the one Ada lived. Our deepest, heartfelt condolences go out to all of you, to her nieces and nephews whom I grew up with, and to Lourdes and Evelio who watched me grow up. Ada will forever hold an incredibly special place in our hearts. We know that wherever Ada is watching us from at the moment, she is already off on her next great adventure.

    From all of us, un abrazo,
    Annalisa, Chris, Jakob, Adriana and Jared

  2. Matanzas, 18 de mayo de 2012.

    Con gran tristeza recibimos la noticia de la partida de nuestra querida amiga y hermana Ada María Isasi Díaz. Todas las personas, amigas y amigos del Camino que la conocimos sufrimos al conocer de su enfermedad, y nos sentimos conmovidos por su ausencia, porque a pesar de todo, la muerte siempre nos estremece, pero como hijos e hijas de una promesa, esperamos la vida en Dios, de Dios, con Dios.

    Nos unimos a esa gran nube de testigos, que compartieron el amor de Ada por Cuba, su pasión por la justicia y la equidad. Damos gracias a Dios por su vida y vocación al servicio de Dios, su aporte a la teología y su quehacer en la praxis académica.

    A nombre de la comunidad del Seminario Evangélico de Teología, los profesores, estudiantes y trabajadores, y en el mío propio, acompañamos a toda su familia y a la gran familia de amigas y amigos que dejó, con la esperanza en la resurrección y la paz de Jesucristo,

    Un abrazo fraternal

    Reinerio Arce Valentín

    “Dijo Jesús: Yo soy la resurrección y la vida…”

    Seminario Evangelico de Teologia, Matanzas. Cuba.

  3. Dear Gloria-- I would like to send your family a copy the tribute I wrote for Ada and which will be published in Sojourners magazine. Is there a mailing address where I can send you a copy of the magazine when it appears?
    Thanks so much--
    Rose Berger