Sister Helen Ryan

Education is the name of the game for this 60th jubilarian, teaching nearly 50 years in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Meet Sister Helen Ryan.

Sister Helen, baptized Margaret Mary, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1958. She received a bachelor’s degree in secondary school English from Fontbonne College in 1962, and master’s degrees in secondary school English from St. Louis University in 1969 and in secondary education administration from St. Louis University in 1976. She was certified to teach religious studies after attending Paul VI Institute.

Sister Helen served in education for nearly 50 years. She began teaching elementary education at St. Luke the Evangelist Grade School in St. Louis (1960-62) and St. Francis de Sales Grade School in Denver, Colorado (1962-63).

From 1963 to 2009, she served in secondary education in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She taught at Valle High School (1963-66) and St. Anthony High School (1966-75). She served as assistant principal at St. Thomas Aquinas (1975-83) and as assistant/associate principal at John F. Kennedy High School (1983-95). For the next 14 years, Sister Helen taught religious studies at Chaminade College Preparatory.

Sister Helen retired in 2009 and is a part-time volunteer at St. Joseph’s Academy in the Advancement Department. She has also taught PSR. Her hobbies are reading and following St. Joseph’s Academy and Chaminade athletics.