COLORADO SPRINGS. Benedictine
Sister Virginia Vey died on Oct.
3 at age 92. Sister Virginia’s Vigil
will be on Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
at Our Lady of Peace Chapel
at Benet Hill Monastery, 3190
Benet Lane, Colorado Springs,
80921. Mass of Christian Burial
will be Nov. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at
Benet Hill Monastery.
She was born in Pittsburg,
Pa., on Sept. 4 to Eugene Charles
Vey, Sr. and May Julia Thunell.
She is preceded in death by both
parents and her siblings Dorothy
A. Belsh, Eugene C. Vey Jr.,
and Benedictine Sister Mildred
Sister Virginia went to St.
Benedict’s High School in Pittsburg
and then to Mount St.
Scholastica College in Atchison,
Kan. She taught in mission
schools in Mexico and in 1950
entered Mount St. Scholastica
Monastery, where she made her
final profession in 1954. After
entering, Sister Virginia continued
teaching both as an elementary
and high school teacher in
Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado.
Colorado held a special
place in Sister Virginia’s heart,
and she transferred her monastic
profession to Benet Hill Monastery
in 1971. One of the highlights
of her career was teaching
at Benet Hill Academy. She
taught classes in Spanish, literature,
speech, typing, contemporary
moral problem and civics.
Sister Virginia was passionate
about teaching the contemporary
moral problems class to the
young women at the academy,
which included prison reform
and fighting against the proliferation
of nuclear weapons.
During her 10 years at Benet
Hill Academy, she also served
the community as an assistant
to Sister Liguori Sullivan in the
In 1980, Sister Virginia’s life
took a turn. She took a position
at the University of Pittsburg’s
dean’s office so she could care
for her aging mother. After her
mother’s death in 1985, she returned
to Benet Hill and taught
at St. Mary’s High School and
worked at Fort Carson. Sister Virginia
served as assistant prioress
In 1992, Sister Virginia was
presented with a new opportunity
in ministry and she accepted
a position in the Fourth Judicial
Court in Colorado Springs. She
began working with people who
were on probation and then
moved to the records department.
Her 10-year career with
the courts enhanced her gift of
compassion. After working for a
decade in the court system, she
Retirement did not mean
an end to ministry for Sister Virginia.
She accepted her physical
limitations and began using the
computer and offering spiritual
companionship to many people
throughout the United States
and even in other countries via
She was not intimidated by
any circumstance and always
gave one hundred percent. Sister
Virginia took life in stride accepting
any challenge. The most
important things to her were
commitment to community,
family, and the people of God.