I believe that I have been a visible representative of the teaching and healing presence of the Lord to children in school, nursing students, patients and staff in hospitals, and nursing homes.
Sister Edith Mercedes Belmonte (Annette Grace) was born September 29, 1934, in New York City, one of two children —Annette, and her brother, Nicholas— of Frank and Edith Walsh Belmonte; she was the niece of Reverend Rocco Belmonte, S.J. Annette attended Our Savior School and Saint Barnabas High School, both in the Bronx, and entered the Sisters of Charity of New York on September 8, 1952.
Sister Edith received a BS degree in Chemistry from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, Bronx, and an MTS in Chemistry and Physics from Catholic University, Washington, D.C. She received permanent NYS Certification in Science and for eighteen years, was a teacher on all levels at Holy Trinity School, Mamaroneck, Holy Cross Academy, Manhattan, and Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers.
Sister Edith later returned to the College of Mount Saint Vincent to study Nursing and earn a BS; in 1973 she received her R.N. She participated in the National Science Foundation In-Service Institute of Chemistry and Physics at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Manhattan College, Bronx, and Saint Peter’s College, New Jersey. She served as a Staff Nurse and Nursing Education Instructor at Misericordia Hospital, and subsequently as Clinical Resource Nurse and Patient Education Coordinator at Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, both in the Bronx. Sister Edith Mercedes ministered as a Community Health Nurse, Home Care Supervisor and Quality Assurance Coordinator at Frances Schervier Nursing Care Center, Bronx, for fourteen years. In 2004, she became Administrator at St. Patrick Villa, Nanuet, where she remained until retirement in September 2009. She enjoyed living at Seton Village, Nanuet, before she moved to Cabrini of Westchester in 2018. She died there on October 17, 2019.
Sister Edith loved to study and imparted that gift to the children, teenagers and young adults whom she taught in schools throughout the Archdiocese. When asked to state the significance of her work to the community and the Church, she responded, “I believe that I have been a visible representative of the teaching and healing presence of the Lord to children in school, nursing students, patients and staff in hospitals, and nursing homes. I have had many opportunities to help formulate, teach and enforce procedures in health care facilities. I have done my best to help students and staff become compassionate, competent and caring people, recognizing the dignity of every person, especially the poor.” She considered it a privilege to take care of one of the Sisters in her “circle,” Sister Kathleen McDonough, during her final days in January 1982.
American missionary Stephen Grellet said, “I shall pass through this world, but once. Any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again.” Be at peace, Sister Edith Mercedes, as you are welcomed into the loving arms of God whom you served so well. For the good that you did and the kindnesses that you showed, especially to the poor, thank you.
Funeral services will be video streamed from Mount Saint Vincent Convent on Tuesday, October 22, at 10:30 AM. Streaming will include Memory Sharing at 10:30 AM and Mass at 11:00 AM. We invite you to join us by using the link below.
Date of Death
October 17, 2019
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
6301 Riverdale Ave., Bronx, NY 10471
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Reflection/Sharing: 10:30 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial
Mount Saint Vincent Convent
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
St. Joseph Cemetery
Archdiocese of New York
- St. Vincent Hospital, Manhattan
1955, Student School of Nursing
- Holy Trinity, Mamaroneck
- Holy Cross Academy, Manhattan
- Elizabeth Seton College, Yonkers
- Misericordia Hospital, Bronx
1975–81, Nurse, Instructor–School of Nursing
1982–85, Nursing Education Instructor
- Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center, Bronx
1985–90, Clinical Resource Nurse, Patient Ed. Coordinator
- Frances Shervier Home, Bronx
1990–92, Community Health Nurse
- Schervier Nursing Care Center, Bronx
1992–04, Community Health/Home Care Supervisor, Quality Assurance
- St. Patrick Villa, Nanuet
I remember Sister Mercedes so well and to this day I am thankful for her kindness and intelligence during my time at Holy Cross Academy. Godspeed, Sister and thank you for you life well lived.
A truly beautiful, caring “Sister.” She will be missed by all. Prayers and sympathy to all who loved her.
Fear not, my dear big sister. A very dear friend of mine, John Conti, just weeks before he died, shared this poem he had written:
I am certain there’s more to the life of a man
Than the fleeting pleasures of any worldly plan
So I raise up my voice to the Spirit above
“Please show me the path that leads me to love”
With the speed of a light ray shot from the sun
The worldly journey ends and a new one’s begun
Now freed from the chains of a stubborn mortal
I stand at the threshold of God’s own portal
I am consumed by a sense of majesty and awe
Awaiting the splendor to be mine evermore
But as I try to enter it’s quickly revealed
That until I surrender the door will be sealed
Though the Presence abides here it’s slow to respond
And seems locked in a place so far and beyond
Then a voice whispers softly “reach out your hand”
And I pass through in spirit to a vast new land
There’s wisdom and truth of exacting precision
More vivid than what I could ever envision
The order, the purpose, the cause and the strife
All blending to form the very secrets of life
My spirit is filled with a joy so complete
Nurtured by a love that will never deplete
And I see all the Saints from every nation
All celebrating the marvels of the Master’s creation
For He made the great heavens, the land and the sea
Then the fish in the ocean and the birds in the tree
He created the people, each one preciously
With a mind, soul and spirit to share lovingly
Then He gave life to nature and taught us to see
That the great love He gave us, ours always would be
He allowed us to choose our own destiny
To be selfish and cruel, or to spread life’s beauty
Within those who respond to this calling so clear
His presence will dwell in their hearts year to year
And when life is over and the spirit’s set free
They will pass through the door to eternity