Sister Miriam Schnoebelen
A born and bred Okie, the sixth of seven children given life by Clair Vincent & Mary Frances Knittel-Schnoebelen, I grew up in Northwest Oklahoma where the seeds of fidelity, stewardship and hospitality, were planted and nourished by my mom and dad. When I began my vowed life at age 20, I already knew these Benedictine roots were growing deeper day by day. For sixty years I “stayed at the table” as a member of two monastic communities. Equipped with a bachelor degree in secondary education, a certificate in hospital administration and masters in social work, my innate gifts were tapped by my community and the people of Oklahoma as follows: elementary and high school classroom teacher; medical records librarian; hospital administrator; financial manager and corporate treasurer for a hospital, a college and two monasteries; family and marriage counselor; community organizer and program developer during my contract with Family & Children Services, Mount St. Mary’s High School, three Oklahoma parishes and director of Benedictine Peace House. My gifts were also shared, as a volunteer, with boards and committees for the Diocese of Oklahoma, Catholic Charities, County & State Mental Health facilities, Community Action programs. After I moved to the Mount in 2012, my wealth of experience was used in serving on an array of committees. I hope to be remembered as a passionate and proactive peacemaker, a compassionate caregiver and an unassuming participant in Liturgy of the Hours and community events. Perhaps now, as a member of a choir of the King’s Kids, my lifetime goal: ” to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” will be reached.