Sister Hilary Veith
Sr. Mary Hilary Veith was born in Keokuk, Iowa. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1955 and made her first vows in 1958. Sr. Hilary’s life ministry was spent in Ottumwa, Iowa, visiting and counseling shut-ins in nursing homes, the home-bound, persons in jail and writing letters to those in prison. She currently lives in Johnston, Iowa, where she is in a ministry of prayer and witness.
A poem written by one of the inmates Sr. Hilary ministered to:
Religion, incarceration, no better time to start;
to look for the man who completes the heart.
Faith and belief is all we need to begin;
To worship God, not ourselves, until the end.
Every Wednesday you brighten our day;
And not for the things that you give away.
After you leave with Our Father’s prayer;
Feeling revived because you care.
When you come to visit every week;
To all us inmates, it’s a Godly treat.
So when we go home and everything’s scary;
We’ll think of the wonderful, Sister Mary.