Obituary: Father Daryl G. Cornish, SJ

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 26 at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in Midtown St. Louis for Jesuit Father Daryl G. Cornish, an artist who did retreat work and spiritual direction.

Father Cornish, 57, died Feb. 24 at Fusz Pavilion in Jesuit Hall in Midtown St. Louis.

Born in Kansas City, Mo., he entered the Society of Jesus in Kansas City in1972. During his regency he taught English and art at Rockhurst High School in Kansas City and from 1977-79 at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis.

Following theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, he was ordained in St. Louis by Bishop George Gottwald in 1982. He pronounced final vows in 1989 in Colorado.

Father Cornish grew up in an artistic family and developed his skills in sketching and painting. He studied art and Ignatian spirituality in the seminary.

Early in his life as a Jesuit he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS), but he continued his pursuit of the priesthood. After his ordination he was assigned to Sacred Heart Retreat House in Sedalia, Colo., where he gave retreats and did spiritual direction.

When he lost the control of his hands, he continued to do spiritual direction and learned to use a mouth stick to paint and draw. When the MS became more physically debilitating, he moved to the Fusz Pavilion where he resided for the last 16 years.

"His courage in living with the disease has become legendary; and with the support of friends, family and nursing staff he kept his creative vision alive. His sufferings have been great, but his spirit has soared above them and he has been an inspiration to many," wrote Jesuit Father Michael G. Harter in a note about Father Cornish’s death.

Father Cornish is survived by his parents, Eleanor and Wayne Cornish of the Kansas City area; a brother, James of the Kansas City area; and four sisters, Diane and Judith of the Kansas City area, Susan of New Mexico and Shari of Los Angeles.

Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

Obituary: Sister Donna Marie Kist, CPPS

A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 30 at the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon Motherhouse Chapel for Sister Donna Marie Kist, a longtime teacher and principal at St. Agnes School in Bloomsdale.

A memorial Mass also was celebrated Jan. 28 at St. Agnes Parish.

Sister Donna Marie, a member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood of O’Fallon for 50 years, died Jan. 24 at St. Mary’s Institute in O’Fallon. She was 69.

Obituary: Sr. Mary Charity Grace, RSM

A funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 29 at the Mercy Center Chapel in Frontenac for Sister Mary Charity Grace, a business educator at the former Mercy High School in University City and the merged Aquinas-Mercy High School in Florissant for 18 years.

Sister Mary Charity, 83 and a Sister of Mercy for 62 years, died Sept. 26 at Catherine’s Residence in Frontenac.

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