Sister Frances Schier, former teacher and principal, dies


Sister Frances Schier, (formerly Sister Leo Marie) of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died Nov. 25 in Caldwell, N.J., at the St. Catherine of Siena Convent. She was 87.

She began her teaching career in the Camden Diocese at Saint Rose of Lima School, Haddon Heights, 1946-53.

She also taught history at Gloucester Catholic High School, 1959-61, and was principal of Saint Joan of Arc School, Camden, 1963-67.

She worked at other Catholic schools in New Jersey and New York and was associate superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Newark for Hudson County, 1978-82.

In 1984 Sister began studies at the University of Notre Dame, Ind., in preparation for a new ministry as a pastoral associate. From 1985-2001, she worked as pastoral associate at Our Lady Mother of the Church in Woodcliff Lake, N.J.

Sister Frances retired in 2001. At the time of her death she was living at Saint Catherine of Siena Convent in Caldwell, N.J.

The daughter of the late Leo John and Sarah Scanlon Schier, Sister Frances was born in Jersey City, N.J. and entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh on Sept. 7, 1944. She made her first profession June 24, 1946, and final profession Aug. 25, 1949.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University and a master’s in history from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She also participated in the Religious Leaders Program at the University of Notre Dame.

Sister Frances Schier is predeceased by her two brothers, Walter and Leo Schier. She is survived by her nieces Fay Rutka, Susan Schier Noto, Jane Schier, Christine Schier and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sister Frances was buried on Dec. 1 at the Dominican Sisters of Hope Cemetery, in Newburgh, N.Y.

Donations in Sister Frances’ memory can be made to the Dominican Sisters of Hope Development Office, 299 Highland Ave, Ossining, NY 10562-2327.