A look at the life and ministries of Sister Mary Raymond Schelkopf
The replies we have received regarding Throwback Thursday blogs have been superb.
The sisters who minister in the Archives Department absolutely enjoy digging into the records to look up the information.
Recently, we received a request to delve further into the life and ministries of Sister Mary Raymond Schelkopf.
And with that in mind, enjoy this week’s Throwback Thursday.
Sister Mary Raymond was born Cecilia Marie Schelkopf to parents John and Elizabeth Megan Schelkopf on Oct. 10, 1899, in Brimfield, Illinois, which is not too far from Peoria.
She entered the Congregation on Sept. 8, 1924 from St. Joseph Academy in Galesburg, Illinois, after feeling “drawn” to the Sisters of Providence, who ministered as teachers at the school.
She received a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, with a minor in education. She earned her master’s degree in education from Indiana University.
Sister Mary Raymond taught at the elementary, junior high and high school levels in California, Illinois, Indiana and Massachusetts.
She also ministered as a principal for many years, including stints at St. Benedict, in Terre Haute, from 1936-41, and St. Agnes Academy, located in Indianapolis, where she ministered as Superior. She ministered at St. Agnes from 1958-61, and was also the principal for a period of time at Cathedral Grade School, also in Indianapolis.
In addition to her ministries as a teacher and principal, she also ministered as a Regional Superior and Provincial Superior for the Sisters of Providence.
In her commentary for Sister Mary Raymond, Sister Marie Kevin Tighe (RIP) discussed a conversation she had with her, asking “Mary Raymond, are you peaceful?”
Sister Mary Raymond’s response was, “I don’t ever remember not being peaceful.”