Organist and music director, talented gardener
Sister Mary Philomena Muller. (Courtesy photo)
Sister Mary Philomena Muller, MICM, Sister of Saint Benedict Center, Slave of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, died peacefully on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Still River. She is survived by her niece Karen Carlin and husband Kenneth of Hull; nephews James Better of California, and Robert Better of Hooksett, New Hampshire; her community, Sisters of Saint Benedict Center, and many, many dear friends here and across the country. She was predeceased by her sister Evelyn (Muller) Better and brother-in-law James Better.
Born in Boston in 1929, Doris Jean Muller was the daughter of Walter and Hertha (Meyer) Muller. She was raised in Chelsea, graduated from Chelsea High School, class of 1947, and continued studies at Emmanuel College. In 1949 she professed her vows as a founding member of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Sister Mary Philomena served as the organist and music director for the Sisters of Saint Benedict Center for many years. With a genuine love for souls, she was a true prayer warrior for every requested intention. She enjoyed spending hours tending the sisters’ large vegetable garden. Sister Mary Philomena devoted her life to Christ and His Blessed Mother by spreading the faith, selling Catholic books across the country.
She shared her bountiful talents with others, notably her great musical ability, organ playing, and singing. All who knew her will never forget that glorious smile—the smile that shone forth her sanctity. Calling hours were held on Sunday, Jan. 24, at Sisters of Saint Benedict Center. A requiem Mass was offered at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, at Saint Ann’s Chapel. Burial followed in Saint Benedict Abbey Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at www.philbincomeaufh.com.