Trinity School remembers Sister Catherine Phelps

Sister Catherine Phelps at Trinity School
Sister Catherine Phelps at Trinity School (Courtesy photo)

Sad news from the Trinity School community. Sister Catherine Phelps, the beloved principal of 47 years, passed away on June 16.

Trinity Board of Trustees Chair Gregory E. Jones wrote on the school Facebook page that Sister Catherine was not feeling well shortly before she passed away.


According to the post, Phelps was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital where doctors diagnosed her with leukemia. “Her condition deteriorated rapidly, and she passed away ...”

“At 86 years old, Sr. Catherine was still present at nearly every Trinity event. She sat on every board of the school and attended every meeting until the very last day of school. She talked to parents and students as if they were family. We were all her family and she was ours,” said Mia Silver, Trinity parent,in an email.


As the news of Phelps’ sudden passing spread on Facebook, tributes from grieving Trinity parents, alumni, teachers and staff began appearing on the school’s Facebook page.

Silver experienced this first hand, “My facebook has been lit up by photos and memories of this wonderful woman,” she wrote, in an email. “She is one of the three women I admire most. The closest thing to a saint I think I'll ever reach.”

Phelps was a blessing to our community. She leaves a rich legacy of loving, supporting and educating generations of students. Her memory will live on in each person she touched with her passion for faith, kindness and service. My condolences to the Trinity School community.

After the horrific May 27 flood in downtown Ellicott City, the list of businesses and organizations reopening is slowly growing. I’m happy to report that the Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks’ Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Ellicott City Station Museum recently joined the list.

The museum will operate on a reduced schedule Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m.

The museum’s amended schedule is expected to continue until regular traffic resumes on Main Street.

The B&O Ellicott City Station Museum is the oldest remaining passenger train station in the United States. It was originally in operation as a train depot from 1830 until 1972, when it was re-designated as a museum.

Since September 2017, the Department of Recreation & Parks has operated the museum, building and grounds. Admission to the museum is free. For directions, parking and road closure information, go to howardcountymd.gov

Ellicott City Old Town Market is back for the summer season in a temporary location - Mt. Ida in the historic district. The Saturday farmer’s market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features farm fresh and local products from businesses such as Howard County’s family owned Breezy Willow Farm.

This year, you will notice some new, but familiar, faces behind the booths. After the devastating flood in May, all Main Street merchants were invited to sell at the market. Mt. Ida is at 3691 Sarahs Lane in Ellicott City. For more news and information, go to the “Ellicott City Old Town Market” Facebook page.

On Friday, July 6, from noon to 1 p.m., the Museum of Howard County History will host a lunchtime lecture “WWII Internment and POW Camp at Fort Meade” with Laurel Leader’s History Matters author Kevin Leonard. Join fellow history lovers to hear Leonard discuss the WWII POW internees at Fort Meade and their work on Howard County Farms.

The lecture is part of the museum’s Lunch Date with History Lecture series. Feel free to bring your own lunch. Drinks and treats provided. Tickets are free for Howard County Historical Society members and $5 for non-members.


Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The lecture is followed by an optional tour of the museum from 1 to 1:30 p.m. For more information, call 410-480-3250 or email info@hchsmd.org. To register or purchase tickets, go to hchsmd.org. Click the “Events” tab, then the “Upcoming events- Programs & Lectures” link.

The Museum of Howard County History is at 8328 Court Ave in Ellicott City.

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