sister mary shryock

70th Jubilee

Sister Mary Shyrock was born in Peoria, Illinois.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1946 and was received into the novitiate as Sister Anthony Bernard in 1947.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in music/organ from Fontbonne College in 1958 and a master’s degree in music/organ from DePaul University in Chicago in 1962.

Sister Mary devoted her ministry to music education.

She began in 1949 at St. Mary Magdalene and St. Margaret of Scotland grade schools in St. Louis.  In the 1950’s, she taught at: St. James in Denver; St. Mary’s in Bridgeton, Missouri; Our Lady of the Presentation in St. Louis; St. Phillip Neri in St. Louis; and St. Viator in Chicago.

After getting a master’s degree in applied organ from DePaul University in Chicago, Sister Mary taught for one year at St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis.  Her short stay here was the result of her winning a Fulbright Scholarship to study organ in France with Marcel Dupre’ for a year.  This was a wonderful opportunity for any music teacher.

In the summer of 1963, she returned home from France and then taught for only one year at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City.  This ended her high school teaching and she went to Fontbonne College, St. Louis for 25 years before another move took place.

Sister Mary’s parents were in need of help at this time, so she moved back to her home in Peoria, Illinois.  Now the main occupation was health care with some music lessons on the side. This was a blessing to be home again until her parents went to God just two and half months apart in 1996.

The last chapter of Sister Mary’s teaching was part-time in three parishes: St. Bernard, St. Jude, and Holy Family.  At this time she lived with her religious community in Peoria and retired in 2011.  In August, 2012, she left Peoria to reside at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis.  Here she continues to carry out her ministry of prayer and presence.

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