Sister Mary Richard Pendergast, OSB 

August 10, 2002

Sister Mary Richard Pendergast, O.S.B., of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, died August 10, 2002, at the monastery. Vigil service and agape will be Monday, Aug. 12, at 7 pm, in the monastery chapel. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated there Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 am. Burial in the monastery cemetery will follow.

Sister Mary Richard Pendergast%2C OSBSister M. Richard’s ministry in Catholic education spanned more than 50 years. After receiving a B.A. in biology from Mount St. Scholastica College, she graduated from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebr., with a Master’s in education. She was teacher and administrator in schools in Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas, but most of her service was at Lillis High School, Kansas City, Mo., LeBlond High School, St. Joseph, Mo., and at Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kans., where she was also president and dean 1967-1972. She helped to evaluate the nursing program served by Donnelly, and during her time there initiated service to Head Start programs and neighborhood branches of Donnelly for African-American and Hispanic students beginning college work. She attended Cornell University, the University of Southwestern Louisiana, and Northern Illinois University in programs funded by the National Science Foundation. She was on the Board of Directors of Mount St. Scholastica College 1965-1968. She was recognized by her alma mater Creighton in 1969, when she received the Alumni Merit Award. 

Sister M. Richard was born to Michael Joseph (Joe) and Bridget Higgins Pendergast Nov. 5, 1914, in Blaine, Kans., where she was baptized Winifred at St. Columkille’s parish. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Arthur, Joseph (Frank), Leo, and Richard (Argyle), and her sisters Mary Josephine (Jo), Agnes (Sister M. Stephen, also of the Atchison community), and Catherine (Jean). She is survived by her monastic community, her sister Elouise (Mrs. Charlie Johnson), and by nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be sent to Mount St. Scholastica. 

Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.