It is with great sadness that we share the news that Father Richard Wosman, S.M., who served as president at St. John Vianney High School for eight years (1994-2002), passed away this week. He was 59.
A St. Mary’s High School graduate, Wosman was responsible for several noteworthy changes at Vianney, including a significant increase in enrollment during his time as president, making the switch to the two-semester, college-style schedule and focusing on being a student-centered school. Vianney was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 1998 under Wosman’s leadership.
“Fr. Richard had a profound impact upon Vianney in his eight years of service,” Vianney President Mike Loyet said. “He spent endless hours striving to improve the experience for all students and instilling a spirit of service throughout our community. On a personal note, Fr. Richard is the person who invited me to leave the classroom and become an administrator. That alone has changed my life forever and I am forever grateful for his invitation.”
Wosman was working as an associate pastor at St. Alban Roe in Wildwood and also working for the Archdiocese of St. Louis as the Director of Faith Formation for Secondary Schools for the Office of Catholic Education and Formation.
Visitation will be from 3-8 p.m. this Thursday at Kutis Funeral Home in Affton. On Friday, there will be a visitation at 9:30 a.m. at St. Alban Roe, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30. Burial will be private. Donations are welcome in his honor to the St. John Vianney High School Scholarship Fund.