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Benedictine Sister Romayne Schaut dies

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Benedictine Sister Romayne Schaut died June 8 at Saint Benedict Monastery in Bristow. She was 61 years professed as a Benedictine Sister when she died.

She was born Mary Ann Jan. 1, 1929, in St. Marys, Penn., to Romayne Edward and Mildred (Bryndle) Schaut. She entered Saint Joseph Monastery in St. Marys Sept. 8, 1957, and professed perpetual vows there Aug. 18, 1962.

As a member of Saint Joseph Monastery, Sister Romayne studied at both Villanova and Duquesne Universities, and served as a teacher and principal in elementary and high schools in St. Marys and Warren, Penn.

She held positions in her monastic community as secretary, councilor, formation director and local convent superior. In 1986, Sister Romayne embraced a call to serve God’s people in Tanzania. For five years, she was the dean of studies at Oldonyo Sambu Seminary in Arusha, teaching the young men English and liturgy, caring for the sick and immersing herself in the local culture.

Upon returning home from the Tanzanian mission, Sister Romayne served her monastic community as guest mistress and in personal care of the elderly infirm. In 1997, she began the process of transferring to Saint Benedict Monastery in Bristow. Her final incorporation as a member of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia was held in 2000.

Sister Romayne was preceded in death by her parents, Mildred and Romayne; sister Teresa Schlimm; and brothers Alfred, James and Edward. She is survived by sister Gertrude Caruso and several nieces and nephews.

A public celebration of Sister Romayne’s life will take place at Saint Benedict Monastery at a future date, due to the current health restrictions.


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