Artistic Expressions: S. Cecelia Tso

This acrylic painting is the artwork of S. Cecelia Tso. Skilled with a needle and crochet hook, Sister spent her retirement years taking art classes at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Born in Hupah, China, in 1919, S. Cecelia Tso entered the Sisters of Charity after World War II in 1947. She fled China along with 25 other Sisters in anticipation of the Communist takeover in 1948 and became a U.S. citizen in 1963. Throughout her life S. Cecelia was skilled with a needle and crochet hook, making afghans, sweaters and baby bonnets for gift shops in the hospitals and group homes where she ministered. She served as a nurse aide in Mother Margaret Hall, a group mother at St. Joseph Home, and sacristan at St. Vincent Hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from 1954-’73. In her retirement years she took art classes at the College of Mount St. Joseph and assisted S. Augusta Zimmer in some of her art projects.