Sr. Carol Beairsto

Sr. Carol Beairsto
Posted on 05/09/2017
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Dear Alumni,

It is with a heavy heart that I write of the passing of our beloved Sr. Carol.  Many of you may remember her as the one who welcomed you into Collier High School on the first day of school at our morning assembly. Sr. Debbie recently noted that Sr. Carol's favorite quote was from St. Mary Euphrasia, "Love the children much, very much.  Console and strengthen these suffering sheep;  make them by God's grace happy, very happy..."  I hope you know, dear alumni, that Sr. Carol devoted her life trying to making this a reality for you.

The following is a portion of Sr. Carol's obituary, may she rest in peace.

Sr. Carol Beairsto, RGS.
Born May 22, 1936
Professed August 28, 1957
Died April 20, 2017

Sister Carol A. Beairsto, RGS, 80, of Wickatunk, passed away peacefully after a long illness on April 20, 2017 at De La Salle Hall in Lincroft, NJ. She was born in Middletown, NY, the twelfth and youngest child of Mary Neville and Joseph Ambrose Beairsto. A strong, Irish-Catholic family, she was educated by the New Rochelle Ursuline Sisters at St. Joseph's parish school and the Ursuline Academy. Sr. Carol graduated from St. John's High School in Goshen, N.Y. in 1954, and entered the Good Shepherd Sisters in Peekskill, N.Y. on February 27,1955. Having read about the Good Shepherd ministry to adolescent girls, Carol felt called to that Community. She asked for, and was given the name, Sr. Mary of St. Robert to honor her sixth grade teacher and lifelong friend, Mother Robert Marie, OSU. Upon entrance, Sr. Carol began study at Fordham University, earning a B.S. degree in Education. She also studied Spanish, a language that would take her around the world to teach English to Good Shepherd Sisters in the Spanish-speaking countries where her Sisters ministered. 

Sr. Carol made temporary vows on August 28, 1957 and Final Profession on September 3, 1960. After Profession, Sister Carol continued her studies at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ part time, while ministering at Collier Youth Services in Wickatunk, N.J., originally as a teacher of Spanish, then as the school principal, and eventually as executive director. She received a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Seton Hall University in 1964. Sr. Carol subsequently went on to receive a Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies at Boston College, Boston, MA in Special Education in 1973. In 1994, Sr. Carol received a Masters Degree in Applied Theology from the School of Applied Theology at the University of California, Berkeley. In spite of her attendance at these colleges, she would remain a die-hard Notre Dame fan! (New York Yankees and Giants, also!!)

Following her role as Executive Director of Collier Youth Services, Sr. Carol served as Assistant Provincial for six years in Jamaica, Queens and then went on to teach English to Good Shepherd Sisters in Spain, and Central and South America. She also initiated many new programs, including the Sisters Academy (with Sr. Carol Henry, RSM) in Asbury Park, NJ and Brooklyn Jesuit Prep with the Jesuits in Brooklyn, NY.

Through her ministry as an educator and leader, Sr. Carol touched thousands of young lives giving each a new chance to grow and hope.