Sister Mary Julian O'Neil, OSB
July 17, 2002,
Sister Mary Julian O'Neil, O.S.B., of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kans., died July 17, 2002, at the monastery. The vigil service will be Friday, July 19, at 7 pm in the monastery chapel, and the Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated there on Saturday, July 20, at 10:30 am, with burial in the monastery cemetery.
Sister Mary Julian entered the Benedictine community in 1942 and made monastic profession in 1944. She received her undergraduate degree in English from Mount St. Scholastica College and her Master's in education from Creighton University. She enriched her professional life with summer programs and workshops at George Peabody Institute; Loyola University, Los Angeles; Gonzaga University, Spokane; Georgetown University; St. John's (Queens, N.Y.), and at the University of San Francisco, Los Angeles. She was teacher and principal in many of her community's schools: in Kansas at St. Ann's in Effingham, St. Joseph's, Nortonville; St. Anthony, Kansas City; Holy Family, Eudora; Sacred Heart, Ottawa; St. Benedict's Atchison; in Colorado at St. Joseph, Monte Vista; St. Cajetan, Denver; in Iowa at St. Peter's, Defiance; and in the merged parochial school in Council Bluffs; in Missouri at St. James, St. Joseph; and for 15 years at St. Bernadette where she was principal 1971-1986. She was honored at St. Bernadette's in 1981 for her service to Catholic education.
After a brief experience as hospital chaplain, she returned to the monastery because of illness, and since 1993 has been resident at Dooley Center. Sister Mary Julian, baptized Patricia Ann, was born to William and Emma Dutcher O'Neil, of Council Bluffs, Iowa. She was predeceased by them, and by her brothers William Bryan, James, and William Philip; and by her sisters Mary Agnes and Ruth. She is survived by her monastic family, by her sister, Mrs. James (Rose Ellen) Conway, Murrysville, Pa.; her sisters-in-law Virginia (Council Bluffs) and Rosemary (Omaha); and by her niece and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica.