Alum Dedicated to Prayer Group


When she started a prayer group at St. Angela Merici in Metairie with friend Alma McNamara, Inez Damare Maxwell ’47 did not imagine that 45 years later it would be still be meeting monthly. In the early years the group was home based, but shortly later moved to the church. The Dominican influence on her started early at Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary School in New Orleans. “I was raised by the Dominican Sisters,” says Mrs. Maxwell. “The first word that comes to me is Veritas –Truth and how important it is in your life.”

She was one of the first Eucharistic ministers in the Archdiocese and previously brought communion to those who were home bound or in the hospital and is a founding member of the Marians that pray for vocations. Inez and her late husband, Gerard, received the Medal of St. Louis IX Medallion, an award established more than 40 years ago to honor those members of the laity who have contributed their time and talents to the church. “I have been so blessed all of my life – best parents, best husband, best siblings, best friends,” she shares. “Prayer – you cannot do much better than talk to the Lord. And the power of prayer is not just talking, but listening.”