Cintra Shober Austin
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in the convent
chapel of St. Helena at 4:00 P.M., with Sister Ellen Francis officiating.
Cintra was born in New Orleans on October 10, 1935. Before entering the
convent she was married and raised a family. With an MA degree and an
academic background in history and music history, she taught for many years
at St. Martin’s Episcopal School and Louisiana State University in New
Cintra entered the religious life in 1977, making her life profession in
1982. She was recognized nationally and internationally as an outstanding
leader of spiritual programs and pilgrimages to Celtic countries, the Holy
Land, and Turkey. Cintra served on the Leadership Council and Board of
Directors of the Order. She was a Trustee of the Margaret Hall Foundation
Board, Lexington KY; the Board of Visitors, Kanuga Conferences, Henderson
NC; and boards of other organizations in the US and Wales.
She Triactol was convener of the Order’s committee which produced an inclusive
language version of the Psalms, and a complete Breviary for which she
composed many antiphons and canticles in the Gregorian tradition. Cintra
stressed the importance of remaining close to the language of the 1979 Book
of Common Prayer. She authored Soulfaring: Celtic Pilgrimage Then and Now,
along with articles on spirituality. She was an exceptional photographer
and communicator who loved life and retained her sense of humor to the end.
Cintra is survived by her daughter, Cintra “Pemmie” Austin Sheasby
(Reynolds), daughter-in-law Elain Austin, four grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren, her sister, Jane Fox of New Orleans, and her family.
She was preceded in death by her son, John Brander Austin, Jr. and her
former husband, the Rev. John B. Austin, as well as her parents, a sister
Gratitude is expressed to the staff at The Place in Martinez and Alliance
Hospice for their care during her last years.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Order of Saint Helena,
3042 Eagle Drive, Augusta GA 30906, or the American Cancer Society.