Sr. M. Raphael Rose Stewart

October 22, 1929March 21, 2019

Sister Raphael Rose, 89, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019. She was born October 22, 1929 in Rockport, Texas to the late Alexander and Winona Sweeney Stewart. She was the sixth child in a family of eight children – five girls and three boys.

Sister Raphael Rose completed elementary grades at Sacred Heart School in Rockport and high school at Sacred Heart School in Hallettsville. She became a Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament in Victoria on June 2, 1952 and made first profession of vows on June 3, 1953. She received her BA degree with a major in Math and a minor in Chemistry-Physical Education from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio. She received a Masters Degree in Hospital Administration from the University of Notre Dame and Masters Degree in Theology from the Oblate School of Theology. She also pursued studies in CPE at MD Anderson and became a certified chaplain.

Sister joyfully shared her ministerial gifts as she ministered at Sacred Heart School in La Grange, St. Michael School in Weimar, St. Leo School in San Antonio, Nazareth Academy in Victoria, and Blessed Sacrament Academy in San Antonio. She served as principal at St. Paul High School in Shiner and Sacred Heart School in Hallettsville. After serving as administrator of Huth Memorial Hospital and studying to become a certified chaplain, she ministered as Director of the Spiritual Care Department at Christus St. Mary Hospital in Port Arthur, Texas and then at Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi.

In her retirement she took a Sarah Sabbatical to advance her spirituality and spent time at the Manna House of Prayer in Concordia, Kansas followed by her service as chaplain in the Health Care for her Sisters at Incarnate Word Convent. Her last years were spent in the apostolate of prayer and suffering.

She is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, John B., and Jim D., and sisters, Theresa Hemmi, Gertrude Stewart, Maryan Shaw, and Marge Rehm.

She is survived by her brother, Alex L. Stewart and many nieces, nephews, grand, great-grand, and great-great-grand nieces and nephews.

On Sunday, March 24, Visitation and Scriptural Rosary will be at 3:00 pm, and a Wake Service with Evening Praise and Sharing of Memories will be held at 6:30 pm at the convent. On Monday, March 25, the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 am at Incarnate Word Convent with Bishop Ermeritus David Fellhauer as the main celebrant assisted by Msgr. John Peters and Father Phi Nguyen. Burial will follow at Catholic Cemetery No. 3. Pallbearers will be Joe Hemmi, Ronnie Rehm, Gary Shaw, John Francois Stewart, John B. Stewart, Pete Moya, Bill McArdle, David Smolik. Honorary pallbearers will be her nieces and other nephews. Memorials may be made to Incarnate Word Convent, Hospice of South Texas, or donor’s choice.

Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Winona Sweeney Stewart, Mother
  • Alexander Stewart, Father
  • John B. Stewart, Brother
  • Jim D Stewart, Brother
  • Theresa Hemmi, Sister
  • Gertrude Stewart, Sister
  • Maryan Shaw, Sister
  • Marge Rehm, Sister
  • Alex L. Stewart, Brother
  • Also many nieces,nephews, grand, great, great-great- grand nieces and nephews. to cherish her memory.

  • Joe Hemmi, Pallbearer
  • Ronnie Rehm, Pallbearer
  • Gary Shaw, Pallbearer
  • John Francois Stewart, Pallbearer
  • John B. Stewart, Pallbearer
  • Pete Moya, Pallbearer
  • Bill McArdle, Pallbearer
  • David Smolik, Pallbearer
  • Nieces & Nephews, Honorary Pallbearers

  • Incarnate Word Convent
  • Hospice of South Texas


  • Visitation and Scriptural Rosary Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Wake Service with Evening Praise & Sharing of Memories Sunday, March 24, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, March 25, 2019
  • Burial Monday, March 25, 2019

Sr. M. Raphael Rose Stewart

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Sandra Moraida Heinly

March 27, 2019

Sister Raphael was one of the teachers that made an impact on me. She always challenged me. Sister Raphael knew me inside and out. One day she said,"Sandra, I think you would enjoy reading, The Philosophy of Saint Thomas Aquinas".

Point taken, Sister Raphael! Thank you for making a difference in my life! God has blessed us with your presence😇

Lynette Fortson, Class of ‘68, Nazareth Academy

March 26, 2019

Sr. Raphael was my favorite teacher, grades 1-12. She cared. She occasionally took class time to talk to us about teen life; one physical science class she talked for about 15 min about dangerous teen driving she’d seen. Bless her heart, she was our junior class advisor and in charge of guiding us through our grand ideas for prom. We managed to convince her to allow us to have a teen made waterfall despite the previous year’s water feature resulting in ruined flooring. She was a great teacher but more importantly she cared about us as people and allowed true discussion, not a dictatorship, in her classroom. She was a great one! Rest In Peace, Sister.

John Rosenthal

March 23, 2019

Sister Raphael taught at St. Leo's Catholic School in San Antonio. I did not have her for a teacher, because the 7th and 8th Grades were divided into Boy's and Girl's classes-She taught the 7th Grade Girl's class. I do remember though that She was always in charge.

May She Rest in the Hands of the Lord forever.

John Rosenthal
Devine Texas
St. Leo's Class of 1963
La Salle High School Class of 1967