Sister Mary Bea Snyder
video produced in 2019
Sr. Mary Bea Snyder was born in 1945 in Davenport, Iowa, and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1964. Her first vows were pronounced in 1967.
Sr. Mary Bea received an AA in secretarial studies from Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, IA, and a B.A. in elementary education from Marycrest College in Davenport, IA.
Her ministry in education found her at St. Alphonsus in Davenport, IA, and St. Pius X in Rock Island, IL. In Colorado Springs, CO, she was a teacher and principal at Divine Redeemer (1974-1984). She then switched gears to a social service ministry and was a volunteer at Project Renewal in Davenport and in Colorado Springs she was director of the Marian House for Women (1985-87), supervisor of the Bijou House Soup Kitchen (1985-1997), a living skills coordinator at The Independent Center (1996-97), and finally supervisor of Bijou House (1997-2000). She came home to Davenport in 2000 and was a service coordinator at John Lewis Coffee Shop for three years. She then became the center director at Humility of Mary Center and later served as coordinator of sisters services.
Sr. Mary Bea is currently focused on social justice work with Attacking Trafficking, One Union Family Immigration Task Force and the Diocese of Davenport Social Action department- which supports her efforts to provide a happy Christmas for immigrant children.