Sr. Rachel Beeson was born in 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1950 making her first vows in 1953.
Sr. Rachel studied education at Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, IA, received her BA in education from Marycrest College in Davenport, IA, and an MA in elementary administration from SE Missouri State University in Cape Gerardeau, MO. She also completed a corporate ministry program at St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO.
Sr. Rachel’s ministry included teaching and administrationin the following Iowa schools: Consolidated in Cosgrove, St. Joseph in Dunlap, St. Mary in Oskaloosa, St. Anthony in Des Moines, St. Mary in Centerville, St. Vincent Lab in Davenport and St. Mary in Albia. She was teacher and assistant principal at St. Pius X in Des Moines; principal at St. Pius X in Des Moines, St. Albert in Council Bluffs, St. Anthony in Des Moines, North Catholic Grade School in Clinton, and Hayes elementary in Muscatine. She also taught at St. Austin in Minneapolis, MN, and St. Denis in Benton MO.
Sister Rachel’s varied ministries also included: plant coordinator at Ottumwa Heights in Ottumwa, coordinator of retired at Marycrest in Davenport, women’s counselor at New Life Style in St. Louis, MO, religious education coordinator at St. Anthony Parish in Knoxville, IA. She was a member of the Seeds of Hope team in Davenport, matching volunteers with opportunities to serve the homeless, migrants and refugees, inner- city children and the elderly.
Sr. Rachel currently lives in Davenport, Iowa at Humility of Mary Center where she is active in a ministry of prayer and witness.