Sister Mary Rosina Bayliss
BALTIMORE, MD- Sister Mary Rosina Bayliss, SMS, died on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at StellaMaris Hospice following a sudden illness. Shewas a Sister ofMercy, having entered the novitiate in Baltimore, Maryland on September 8, 1954.
Born onMarch 28, 1936, in Kulpmont, Pennsylvania, Virginia Theresa Bayliss was the daughter of John and Julia (Concavage) Bayliss. She grew up in Baltimore, attending St. Alphonsus Elementary School and graduating from Seton High School in 1953. She attendedMount St. Agnes College for one year before entering the Sisters ofMercy.
Sister Rosina earned a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry- Math-Education from Mount St. Agnes College andaMaster’s degree in Chemistry-Physics fromClarkson Institute of Technology in Potsdam, New York. During themany places Sister served, she took courses to be certified as a para-legal, teacher of sciences, math, religion, and administration in Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, New York, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Her teaching and administration career took her first toWashington, DC, then to Savannah, the Bronx, Macon, Baltimore, Mobile, Roanoke, and back to Maconwhere she retired in June, 2002. She often said she was truly grateful for those experiences as she learned so much fromthe different school systems and cultures.
Under her leadership at Mount de Sales, Sheridan Hall and Cavalier Fields (her “Field of Dreams”) were built and Zuver Hall was begun. She had great success in raising the capital needed. Many new academic programs were begun and others strengthened.
After retiring, Sister’s experience was drawn upon frequently. She remained active in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) by chairing an ad hoc committee on the conference; serving on several evaluation teams for GISA schools and serving as treasurer of the Loveday Foundation which assists GISA schools with grants. She served on the school Board of Our Lady ofMercyHigh School in Fairburn, Ga.
Sister also served as a Director on the Board of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. As a Director she served on these committees: finance, several fund-raising, executive, steering (strategic planning), grant, Bylaws revision, Policy and Procedures, and the search for a newCEO.
Serving on theGoodwill Industries ofMiddle Georgia’s Board of Directors, Sister served as capital campaign chair, strategic planning chair, vice- chair/executive committee, and as Chair of the Board. She was very devoted to themission of Goodwill and spoke often in support of itsministry. She became the unofficial “pray- er” as its various events. When the GoodwillWorks Foundation was established in 2008, Sister was a chartermember. During her decade of service and leadership at Goodwill, Helms College was launched as the first licensed, accredited postsecondary degree granting college in theworld affiliated with the 160 autonomous Goodwill 501c3 charities in the United States.
She was well-known for hermany desserts which she shared with all her friends.
SisterMary Rosina was very active at Holy Spirit Catholic Church inMacon. She often lead Communion Services when Father was not available and loved doing this, especially giving the reflection.
Over the years, SisterMary Rosina had the opportunity to meet and knowmany famous people. Among them are John F. Kennedy and Jackie; Sister Thea Bowman and Sister Joyce Rupp. But she always felt her contact with those she served wasmost important. With all her awards bothNational and Local, shewanted to be remembered as the daughter of CatherineMcAuley…. A compassionate Sister ofMercy.
Aftermoving fromMacon in 2013, Sister resided inNew Jersey. She faced several health issues there before moving toMercy Villa in Baltimore in 2015. Living at the Villawas pure joy for her where she reconnected with themany Sisters she had known for 60+ years as well as making new friends.
SisterMary Rosina was predeceased by her parents, John and Julia Bayliss, her sister, Bernardine Bayliss Schultheis and a nephew, CraigM. Schultheis. She leaves behind her very dear and closest friend of nearly 47 years, Sister Geraldyne Yerg, O.P., withwhomshe shared over 40 years journeying together inministry and in life; a nephew, Charles J. Schultheis (Cori), a niece, Charlene Dougherty, several grandnieces and grandnephews, Sisters of Mercy, andmany, many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may bemade toGoodwill Industries ofMiddle Georgia, 5171 Eisenhower Parkway, MaconGA 31206 or online at www.goodwillworks.org/ donate ; or Sisters ofMercy, 101Mercy Drive, Belmont, NC 28012.
Therewill beawake on Thursday December 13th from 2- 6 PMwithawake service at 3 PMat Ruck Funeral Home in Baltimore, MD and a Funeral Mass at StellaMaris inTimonium, MDon Friday December 14th at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow atWoodlawn Cemetery.