Sister Alba Elena Ivon de la Rosa, who served parishes in the diocese, dies

JALISCO, Mexico—Sister Alba Elena Ivon de la Rosa, a Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Hermanas del Corazon de Jesus Sacramentado), died Feb. 19. She was 91.

Sister Alba was born on June 16, 1927, in Ciudad de Maiz, San Luis Potosi, Mexico. She was the second of 11 children born to Jose Dario Ivon and Maria Ignacia de la Rosa.

On March 19, 1950, she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Eucharistic Heart  of Jesus, making her first profession of vows on December 27, 1953, in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.  She pursued higher studies in education, spirituality, theology, pastoral ministry, sacred scripture, liturgy and music.

She served in Hispanic ministry and music ministry in the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., from 2004 to 2008, working in St. James Church in Conway, Resurrection Church in Loris, and St. Philip Church in Lake City.

As a religious, she also taught in schools of her congregation in Mexico and served in pastoral ministry in northern Mexico, California and South Carolina. Her last days were spent in prayer ministry in the sisters’ Oasis Community in Zapopan. Never one to complain, Sister Alba is remembered for her constant cheerfulness and optimism.

Condolences may be sent care of Sister Mayela Ortega, HCJS, at Our Lady Star of the Sea Church, 1100 Eighth Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach, 29582.