Sr. Mary Pezold, CCVI, '54

Sr. Mary Pezold graduated from IWA in 1954 and entered the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. She earned her B.A. in Art and English Education from Incarnate Word College (now known as the University of the Incarnate Word) and later acquired her Masters in Secondary School Administration, cum laude, from the University of MO. - St. Louis. Sr. Mary ministered in education as teacher and principal at Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio, St. Frances of Rome School in Cicero, IL and returned to her Alma Mater as principal from 1978 to 1986. During that time she enjoyed celebrating IWA’s 50th Anniversary in 1982. She is credited with initiating IWA’s Mission Effectiveness Committee which still continues. Sr. Mary was Director of Education and Child Care in the Sisters’ congregation and later served as Mission Director at the Deaconess-Incarnate Word Health System in St. Louis. She has been on numerous boards, including: IWA, Incarnate Word Foundation, Incarnate Word Hospital, and Deaconess-Incarnate Word Health System. While completing the Archdiocesan Lay Ministry Program, she also became a Stephen Minister and worked cooperatively in that ecumenical endeavor to begin the program at St. Anselm Parish in Creve Coeur, where she served for seven years. In 1997 she became a Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville, MO, where she continues to journey with families who are growing in their Faith, who are participating in the Christ Renews His Parish program, and who are experiencing such hardships as job loss, illness or death. In 1995, the IWA Alumnae Board honored Sr. Mary as the Alum of the Year, a memory and honor that Sister holds very near to her heart. Another milestone accomplishment was Sr. Mary’s Golden Jubilee as a Sister in 2007, when she celebrated with her Incarnate Word Sisters and Associates, family, St. Joseph Parish Community and friends.