Sr. Mary Schramm: A Legacy of Creativity
Sr. Mary Schramm spent most of her religious life inspiring children. In a teaching
career which spanned over 35 years, she ministered to hundreds of children in the
Diocese of Brooklyn and Bridgeport, as well as, the Archdiocese of Hartford, CT.
Sr. Mary integrated Gospel values and Catholic Social Teaching into all subject areas. She integrated religion, language arts, music, art, social studies and technology seamlessly into one forty-minute lesson. She enriched her 3rd grade program by introducing the children to the works of Shakespeare. Her third graders performed in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Much Ado About Nothing. The children produced the entire play from designing and creating the set, making costumes, and memorizing and delivering their lines.
Sr. Mary lived and worked with teenagers of the First Nations in Winnipeg, Canada where she taught 9th and 10th graders at Rising Sun High School an alternative High School. She spent one year at Meegwetch (thank you) House as an adult presence in the lives of the young women who found refuge there.
She was also active in social justice. For 10 years, she worked at Pronto in Brentwood, LI, a nonprofit human service agency which provides services to the needy, the homeless, unemployed, immigrants, uninsured and anyone in need of basic services. For 10 years, she organized a group of like-minded sisters to demonstrate at the Gate of Fort Benning, Georgia to close the U.S. Army School of Americas, whose graduates have committed some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America.
The beautiful grounds at the St. Ursula Center flourished under her care. She and her volunteers completed the gardens in the Center’s courtyards, rehabbed the grotto, created handicap accessible planting beds and planted trees in memoriam. The grotto project was completed after Sr. Mary’s death by boy scouts and volunteers.
Sr. Mary once said, “Life is a great adventure! I’m grateful to the Ursulines of Tildonk for the
many opportunities given me. They have enriched and challenged me along the journey.”