Jesuit Father Nicholas Schiro, 90

Jesuit Father Nicholas T. Schiro, a fixture for 40 years at Jesuit High School, died Aug. 4 in Grand Coteau, Louisiana. He was 90 years old, a Jesuit for 73 years and a priest for 61 years. 

A funeral Mass for Father Schott was celebrated Aug. 18 in the St. Charles College Chapel in Grand Coteau. He was buried in the Jesuit Cemetery at St. Charles College. 

Father Schiro was the only child of Theodore A. Schiro and Josephine Manale Schiro.

After graduating from Jesuit High School, he entered the Society of Jesus on Aug. 14, 1944, at St. Charles College. He was ordained to the priesthood in Mobile, Ala., on June 12, 1957, and pronounced final vows on Aug. 15, 1961, at Sacred Heart Church in Grand Coteau.

Father Schiro taught theology for 40 years at Jesuit High in New Orleans and at Jesuit College Preparatory in Dallas. He shaped the theology curriculum for Jesuit high schools through his work with the Jesuit Secondary Educational Association (JSEA). 

He was a member of the JSEA’s Commission on Religious Education (CORE) which produced “Teaching for the Kingdom: Christian Formation in Jesuit Schools” (1987), a monograph offering guidelines for furthering the religious education and formation of students in Jesuit schools.

Father Schiro’s greatest satisfaction was the prayer class that he developed and taught for years.

Father Schiro studied theology at St. Mary’s College in St. Marys, Kansas, where he earned a licentiate in sacred theology. During summers, he earned a master’s degree in religious education at Loyola University Chicago.

Memorial gifts may be made to the USA Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus at 4511 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108 or online at

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