Passing of Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, OP, ’50


Dec. 19, 2017

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Sister Mary Clemente Davlin, OP, ’50. Sr. Clemente died on December 19, 2017, at the age of 88, at St. Dominic Villa in Hazel Green, WI. She was surrounded by her Dominican Sisters who sang her home to the loving embrace of God.

Sr. Clemente was a 1950 graduate of Rosary College. She taught on campus from 1970-2005 and then served as Professor Emerita of English. In 1973 and again in 1997, she was honored with Dominican’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She was particularly devoted to underrepresented students, organizing programs to mentor and support their success. The university’s annual diversity leadership award is named in her honor. In 2000, she was honored with the prestigious Caritas Veritas Award, which is presented each year to an alumna/us whose life reflects Dominican University’s motto, Caritas Veritas, a search for truth through charity or service. In addition to being a beloved teacher, Sr. Clem was also an accomplished scholar. She was the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship as well as a Newberry Library-British Academy Fellowship for research. Her most recent book was A Journey in Love: Meditations on the Poem Piers Plowman (Marymount Institute Press, 2008). She will be remembered as a great mentor of not only her students but of her colleagues as well. Her holy and gracious friendship was a tremendous gift to the entire university community, and to the community beyond the campus gates as well. She moved to the St. Dominic Villa in 2016.

The wake will be held at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, and the funeral liturgy at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 28. Both services will be at the Mound. If you plan to attend any of the services, please contact Sister Georgia Acker at 608-748-4411, Ext 119 or by Friday evening so that the sisters are prepared to receive you with their characteristic Dominican hospitality. The wake and funeral will be available to watch live online. The services will be archived and available for viewing at a later date.

In addition, a Memorial Mass will be held at Dominican University on Sunday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. in Rosary Chapel. Please call (708) 524-6286 to register. To make a gift in memory of Sr. Clemente, visit our website.

For questions, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Relations at (708) 524-6286 or


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