Sister Marie Celeste Miller OP entered eternal life on July 25, 2023 at the age of 77 after 58 years of religious life.

We commend Sister Marie Celeste to your prayers.

Evening Prayer with Remembering Service
Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm
Chapel of the Word/Marywood

Funeral Mass
Saturday, July 29 at 10:00 am
Chapel of the Word/Marywood

Sister Marie Celeste graduated from Aquinas College in 1968 with a BA in English and received a Certificate of Study from the Aquinas College Institute of Religious Studies in 1970. She then earned an MA in English from Middlebury College, Vermont through summers of study from 1972 – 1976. An extraordinarily successful teacher, she also pursued a doctorate in Art History at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. At Aquinas College, Sister Marie Celeste taught Art History, initiated a Humanities Program, and served as Dean of Curriculum. For over twenty years, Aquinas College benefited from her creativity, keen sense of responsibility, meticulous preparation, and competence. In 2012, upon her retirement from Aquinas College the Board of Trustees granted Sister Marie Celeste Associate Professor Emerita Faculty status in recognition of her twenty-nine years of teaching and leadership.

Then much to everyone’s surprise, Sister Marie Celeste turned her attention, talent for meticulous planning, and love for baking into a completely new endeavor – The Peace of Cake, Inc. – a bakery featuring hand-crafted, beautifully presented cakes, biscotti, and brownies. The business flourished until her diminished health necessitated its closure.

Those who lived and worked with her remember her as quiet and serious when the situation called for it. She is also remembered as a wonderful and energetic teacher, a loving and competent colleague, always pleasant, supportive, and prepared. She was a good conversationalist and gracious hostess. “Above all,” wrote one of her companions, “she was a good friend and a good listener, always there with support.”