Maryknoll, NY: Maryknoll Sister, Sr. Marie Corinne Rost died on September 1st, 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was a Maryknoll Sister for 82 years and had just celebrated her remarkable 102nd birthday in July!
Anna Marie Rost was born in Jefferson City, MO on July 29th, 1917 to Euphemia J. (Dudenhoeffer) Rost and Louis Henry Rost. She had two sisters, Cay and Bernice and three brothers: Louis (Maryknoll Father), Joseph and John all of whom are deceased.
Anna Marie attended St. Peter’s High School in Jefferson City, MO and graduated in 1935. From 1935-1937, she studied at Mount St. Scholastica College in Atchison, KS. She then entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll, NY on July 5th, 1937 (from her home diocese of Immaculate Conception in Jefferson City). At her Reception she received the religious name, Sister Marie Corinne. She made her First Profession of Vows on January 6th, 1940 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY and her Final Vows on the same date in San Juan Bautista, CA in 1943. From 1939-1942, she studied at Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart in New York City and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Music.
In 1942, Sister Marie Corinne was assigned to San Juan Bautista in Central California, there she served as a catechist and was involved in pastoral ministry until 1943. From 1943-1945, she worked at a group home for oriental children in Los Angeles, CA.
Sister Marie Corinne then received her first overseas mission assignment to Hong Kong in 1946. For the next 36 years, she taught in the Primary and Secondary Sections of the Maryknoll Convent School in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Sister Corinne also served as the school’s piano teacher from 1947-1955 and taught Music, Religion and English in the Primary Section until 1967. Sister Marie Corinne was then appointed as Principal of the Maryknoll Convent School Primary Section and served as Supervisor of the Secondary Section from 1967-1977. While serving as Supervisor of the Secondary Section, she also gave private English and piano lessons from 1977-1983.
In 1983, Sister Marie Corinne returned to Maryknoll, NY where she worked in Congregational Service in the Research and Planning Office until 1985.
She then returned to Hong Kong in 1986 to do pastoral work at St. Joseph’s Parish. She also was engaged in Religious Education and served as a private English tutor until 1995.
In 1996, Sister Marie Corinne returned to California to the Maryknoll Sisters retirement home in Monrovia, there she did volunteer work and English testing until 2003. She fully retired at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY in 2004.
A Vespers Service will be held for Sister Marie Corinne, Thursday, September 5th, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.
A Funeral Mass will follow Friday, September 6th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Center. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds.