NATIONAL BLACK SISTERS' CONFERENCE
of the Sisters of the Holy Family
Sister of the Holy Family Eva Regina Martin died April 7 at Lafon Nursing facility. She was 74. She was a Sister of the Holy Family for 54 years.
She was congregational leader of the Sisters of the Holy Family for 7 1/2 years, until recently, after being hospitalized Feb. 5 with cardiac arrhythmia arrest, said recently named congregational leader Sister Greta Jupiter.
“She brought joy and a sense of spirituality, and she was very loving and open, always available to the sisters in the community,” Sister Greta said. “She had a magnanimous heart.”
Sister Eva Regina accomplished much during her half-century as a nun. She had been a teacher, catechist and principal for more than 30 years in the United States and Belize.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Xavier University of Louisiana. She also had a master’s degree in theology from Xavier; a master’s in education from Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Texas; and she earned a doctorate in African-American studies from Temple University in Pennsylvania, Sister Greta said.
Two of her most notable works included her efforts as director of the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at Xavier University and a pilgrimage to Rome in the fall 2012 to promote the beatification of Mother Henriette Delille, who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family in 1842.
Loved Mother Henriette
“She was an avid promoter for the cause of Henriette Delille’s canonization,” Sister Greta said.
Sister Eva Regina also held positions on various boards, including the American Bishops’ Advisory Board for Black Catholics, Notre Dame Seminary and the Catholic Book Store in New Orleans.
She had received many awards, most notably the Harriett Tubman award presented by the National Black Sisters Conference in 2002.
Sister Eva Regina taught spirituality classes part-time for the archdiocese and also gave numerous workshops and retreats on spirituality and education.
In February 2013, just after Pope Benedict XVI announced he was resigning the papacy, the Sisters of the
Holy Family drew the name of a cardinal participating in the conclave in order to pray for him.
Sister Eva Regina pulled the name Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, with whom she was unfamiliar.
She prayed: “I know this one may not make it to the top, but be with him anyway, even though he is
After he was elected pope, Sister Eva Regina said: “I am filled with joy as I read words of praise
about his humility, his love of service to the vulnerable and the poor, his ‘shoe leather’ evangelization
and his widespread capacity for goodness.”
Father Cyprian Davis, OSB
Beloved Sister Eva Regina
Father Anthony Clark, SVD
Father Tony Clark was born in 1944 to Mr. & Mrs. James Clark in Washington, DC. He was one of 11 children (2 girls and 9 boys). While in grade school, he wanted to be a missionary priest, but was discouraged from his dream by his teachers and directed toward the brotherhood instead. In 1960, Fr. Tony entered the seminary in Conesus, NY with the dream of becoming a Divine Word Missionary priest. Nevertheless, he became a missionary brother in 1967 but his dream to become a priest remained. The Divine Word Missionaries recruited him and selected him as Dean of the Divine Word Seminary in East Troy, Wisconsin in 1974. Soon, he was teaching within the society. His desire for the priesthood continued to surface. In 1980, Fr. Tony, after consulting with his superiors, was advised to begin his studies for the priesthood. He began his studies at Pope John XXIII Seminary in Boston, MA and was ordained in 1985. From 1987 to 1991 he was appointed and served as rector of Divine Word Seminary in East Troy, WI where he had served as dean as a brother. He was appointed afterward as administrator of St. Rita Parish in Indianapolis, IN and later served as pastor for 9 years. In 2002, Bishop Steib invited Fr. Tony through his order to come to Memphis. Fr. Tony came to Memphis and served as pastor of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in north Memphis for 1 year and was transferred to St. Joseph Parish in southwest Memphis where he served as pastor for 9 years. In 2012, he was appointed pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church and in 2013, pastor of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Church was added to being pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church. While serving in these ministries, Fr. Tony served on the SVD provincial council in Techny, IL for 6 years. In addition, he was appointed to the presbyteral council for the Diocese of Memphis. For 7 years Fr. Tony served as Director of Multicultural Ministry and African American Catholic Ministry. The Office of Multicultural Ministry consists of 7 cultural groups. Fr. Tony was also Director of African American Catholic Ministry and Native American Ministry. His dream of becoming a priest was more than a blessing to many. His priesthood propelled him to proclaim God's Word to each and every one of God's people. His smile, laughter and friendly personality was uplifting to all. His motto was: "I will continue to encourage all to let our light shine to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ."