sister mary annette schorman

August 30, 1931 - January 31, 2016
Hospitable, gracious, a hard worker, a loyal friend

Mary Cecilia was born on August 31, 1931, in St. Louis, Missouri, the fifth child and second daughter, of parents Joseph and Anne (Cloonan) Schorman. She attended St. Edward’s Grade School and began high school at Rosati-Kain. The school was so overcrowded her first year that students who lived north of a certain street were sent to Laboure for their sophomore year. She was able to return to Rosati for her junior and senior years. Deciding that college
was not for her, she spent most of the next six years in various employments such as bookkeeper in a dental office; typist for the government, and office work at the Missouri
Pacific Credit Union.
Over the years, she kept in contact with Sister Bertina Leneau whom she had met in grade school. She used to visit her, even traveling to Chicago to do so. While she was visiting with Sister after she had broken off a marriage engagement, Bertina asked her, “When are you going to do something with your life?” That question really made her stop and think. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on February 11, 1955, and was given the habit and her name, Sister Mary Annette, August 15, 1955. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in 1967.
In the meantime, S. Mary Annette began teaching in St. Louis, Missouri at Nativity of Our Lord (1957); St. Vincent de Paul (1965), St. Margaret of Scotland (1966), and Holy Guardian Angels (1973). Her ministry began to shift in 1978 when she went to Keshena, Wisconsin, where she served at St. Michael Parish as a religious education teacher. Remaining in that parish, she became a pastoral associate there in 1980.
I lived with Sister Annette in Keshena, on the Menominee Reservation. I remember her doing a wide variety of parish work, the CCD program, visiting the sick and elderly, bringing Communion to homes of shut-ins, making very good friends among the Menominee people ... And she loved to go fishing!”   S. Connie Gleason
In 1988, she arrived in Kansas City, her hometown for the next 28 years. After a year as assistant manager at Redemptorist Residence, she became the geriatric manager there until 1999. Following some time in transition, S. Mary Annette served as the fi rst director of home service for CSJ Care Kansas City. “She truly lived our stance of loving the dear neighbor without distinction,” says Sister Ann Landers. Although Sister Annette retired in 2006, S. Marilyn Peot said in the funeral homily:

Her home was open as a wayside inn for those from out of town—or as a rehab center for those who needed extra care. She was the hostess of KC—as she created special times
with individuals and initiated group gatherings ... we are all aware of her eagerness to meet the smallest needs of those who came into her life.
Sister Roberta Houlihan says: I felt so at home with her ... She will always remain close to
me in prayer and memory.
Sister Laverne Aufmuth says: In her golden years [I]found her to be quiet and private,
very loyal to her God and religious community, devoted to family… [She] freely responded to others’ personal needs ...[I am] grateful for the time I enjoyed her presence.
Sister Rosemary Flanigan says: About a year ago, several of us asked Sister Marilyn Peot if
she would lead us in ways of deepening our prayer life ... S. Annette off ered her apartment … each month we have met at her place and enjoyed her hospitality as we probed more deeply into contemplative prayer. In the sharing of the heart, I have felt closer to Annette than in all the years I've known her. May she be enjoying peace that we cannot even imagine.
S. Helen Oates

 

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