SISTER CAROLYN MRUZ
August 15, 1930 – July 18, 2022
The manifestation of the Holy Spirit is given for the common good.
— I Cor 12:7
Our dear Sister Carolyn Mruz, who made her journey home on July 18, 2022, was filled with the zeal of the Lord. She was a spirited woman whose circle of influence and service was expansive and inclusive.
She was an educator at heart, always able to draw forth from others their best gifts for the sake of the common good. Whether a teacher at Little Flower Academy in Louisiana, a director of Formation for young women becoming Sisters, the Minister General of the congregation, a massage therapist, the developer of a program to serve Bosnian refugees, a member of a delegation traveling to Lithuania to help religious rebuild after Soviet occupation, an advocate with those who are poor, a member on a county park board, or a teacher of drama and journalism at Marillac College, Sister Carolyn was an innovator, a promoter of community, and an agent of transformation.
Her passion for life was rooted in her Polish heritage and her vocation as a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. In every age there are prophets whose foresight and vision prepare people for the events that shape the future of the world and God’s reign. Sister Carolyn was such a prophet, who fearlessly and faithfully proclaimed the joy and justice of the Gospel.
Just before her death Sister Carolyn, smiled and said, “I have no fears, no regrets, only a heart full of gratitude.” Her Franciscan spirit was free and ready for eternal life in the fullness of God’s love. She had done what was hers to do.
Sister Carolyn’s life will be celebrated on Monday, July 25, at St. Justin Martyr Parish in Sunset Hills. The wake will begin at 2 p.m at the church, and will last until 4:00 p.m. when the Mass of Resurrection begins. Sister will be laid to rest among her dear Franciscan Sisters during a private burial service at Resurrection Cemetery in Shrewsbury, MO.
Memorials to Sister Carolyn will be accepted by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help through this website, www.fsolph.org/donate; by telephone (leave a voicemail at 314-965-3700, ext 111); or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.