A Mass of Christian Burial for Sister Maria Cincotta, D.C., was held on April 4, 2020, in the Daughters’ Villa St. Michael Chapel in Emmitsburg, Maryland; burial followed at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Emmitsburg. Sister Maria died on March 31, 2020, at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg. She was years 88 years of age and 65 years vocation as a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.
Born in Frederick, Maryland on April 5, 1931, Sister Maria (baptized Anna Maria Louise) was born to Anthony Joseph and Mary Louise (Flook) Cincotta. She joined the Daughters of Charity on January 26, 1955, from St. Francis Parish, Brunswick, Maryland.
She graduated from Brunswick High School in Brunswick, Maryland, in 1948 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and English from St. Joseph College in Emmitsburg in 1952. In 1967, Sister earned a Master of Arts Degree in Modern World History from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. From an early age, Sister Maria showed a love and appreciation for music, beauty, and literature. She shared these gifts and talents with her Sisters in Community and all those she served.
After a period of initial formation, Sister Maria served as a Teacher at the following schools: Seton High School, Endicott, New York (1956 to 1967); Seton High School, Baltimore (1967 to 1982); Immaculate Conception Academy, Washington, D.C. (1982 to 1984); All Saints High School, Washington, D.C. (1984 to 1989); and Elizabeth Seton High School, Bladensburg, Maryland (1989 to 1993). Sister Maria then served in Outreach at St. Cyprian’s Parish in Georgetown, South Carolina (1993 to 1995) and in Pastoral Care at DePaul Medical Center, Norfolk, Virginia (1995 to 1996). Sister was then missioned to St. Ann’s Infant Home, Hyattsville, Maryland, to serve first as a Teacher and Tutor and then as a Receptionist (1996 to 2006). She then returned to Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg as a Tutor and Coordinator for Work Study (2006 to 2014). In 2014, Sister was missioned to Villa St. Michael where she served in the Ministry of Prayer until her death.
Sister Maria was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her brothers, Dr. Anthony Joseph Cincotta, Jr. (Estelle), and Carl Cincotta; her stepmother, Jeannette Cincotta; nieces; nephews; and her Sisters in Community.