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Medaille Jubilarians - 2016
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Sister Irene Lemire, CSJ
(formerly Sister Rose Marie)

75 Years

Sister Irene was born on January 16, 1923, the sixth of nine children born to Gasper and Rosa Lemire in Somerset, WI.  Seven of her siblings have died; her brother Duane and his wife, Marlyn live in Somerset, WI.  Irene attended St. Joseph’s Academy in Crookston, MN as a high school student.  In 1938 she entered the Congregation of St. Joseph there and later received the name of Sister Rose Marie.  She and 3 other companions went to Bourg, France for their religious formation in 1939.  The outbreak of World War II made it impossible for them to return home and, as a result, the four Sisters spent the next 7 years in France.

Following her return in 1946 to the United States, Sister Irene’s ministry as homemaker for communities of Sisters of St. Joseph, took her to Crookston, Kilkenny, Stewart and Minneapolis, MN in addition to Superior, WI and Rainy River in Ontario, Canada.  Between 1962 and 1970 she served as receptionist at St. Joseph’s Academy and as house mother to Spanish-speaking girls from Mexico attending the high school.  After completing a nurse aide course, Sister Irene expanded her ministry to include care of the sick and elderly at San Haven State Sanatorium in Dunseith, ND, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids, MN and Hubbard County.  She “transitioned” into a new life style when she retired from active ministry in 2004.

Prayer and participation as a resident of life in the skilled care unit at Villa St. Vincent in Crookston are now Sister Irene’s primary ministries.




Sister Mary John Hotard, CSJ

70 Years


Sister Mary John was born in Union, La., one of eight children of the late Olympe Chaurvin and Sidney Joseph Hotard. Five of her siblings are deceased; two sisters, Dorothy H. Prosperie and Rita Ann H. Prosperie live in Port Arthur, Texas. Sister Mary John entered the Congregation in 1944 and made her novitiate in New Orleans, La., professing first vows in 1946 and final vows in 1949.

From 1946 to 1964 she taught elementary school at St. Rose of Lima in New Orleans, St Thomas More and Guardian Angels in Cincinnati, Oh. and St. Frances Cabrini in New Orleans. She served as principal at Sacred Heart in Morgan City, La. for the next six years and worked in parish ministry at St. Joseph the Worker in Marrero, La. for ten years. From 1980 to 1986 she initiated a development program in New Orleans for the Medaille Sisters. For the next nine years she returned to parish ministry art Holy Rosary Parish in St. Amant, La. and then became a volunteer at St. Jean Vianney Parish in Baton Rouge, La. for three years. Sister Mary John is retired since 2008 and lives at Our Lady of Wisdom Center in Algiers, La. where she continues to minister through prayer.




Sister Sandra Blanchard, CSJ
(formerly Sister Peter Chanel)

60 Years

Sister Sandra was born in Baton Rouge, La., one of eight children of the late Blanche Rodriguez and Hayden Thomas Blanchard, Sr. Her brothers Hayden and Father Donald Blanchard and her sister Jeanne B. McManus live in Baton Rouge. Her sister Loretta B. Cook lives in Prairieville, La. and her sister Ann B. Deshotel lives in Denham Springs, LA. Brothers Lawrence and Gordon are deceased. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1954 and entered the Congregation in New Orleans that year, professing first vows in 1956 and final vows in 1961. She received a B.S. in Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans in 1960 and a Masters in Counselor Education from the University of New Orleans in 1978.

Sister Sandra taught elementary school at St. Ann, St. Rose, St. Frances Cabrini and St. Pius X in New Orleans, LA. and St. Ignatius in Grand Coteau, La. She served as principal at St. Ann in New Orleans and St. George in Baton Rouge. She was assistant principal, teacher and counselor for eight years at St. Rita in Harahan, La. and a member of the administrative team, teacher and counselor at St. George in Baton Rouge for nine years. She was involved in similar ministry for the next nine years at St. Alphonsus in Baton Rouge, La. where she remained as a counselor and a member of the administrative team until retiring in Baton Rouge in 2009. Sister Sandra continues to serve as a member of the Diocesan School Board and the St. Joseph’s Academy Board of Trustees. She is director of the Baton Rouge CSJ Associates Program for the Congregation.




Sister Adele Lambert, CSJ
(formerly Sister Fidelis)

60 Years

Sister Adele was born in Baton Rouge, La., one of seven children of the late Dave C. Lambert and Aline Broussard. Her sisters are Patricia L. Brignac and Stephanie L. Vicari who live in Baton Rouge, La. and Jeanne L. Millet who resides in Houma, La. Three siblings are deceased: Mary Frances L. Hudson and Robert and David Lambert.
Sister Adele graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1954 and entered the Congregation in New Orleans that year, professing first vows in 1956 and final vows in 1961. She received a B.S. in Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans in 1959 and an M.S. in Religious Education from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans in 1975.

Sister Adele began teaching at Our Lady of the Rosary in New Orleans, then moved to St. Joseph Academy in Bay St. Louis, Ms., Sacred Heart in Norco, La. and St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge. She then served as principal at St. Ann in New Orleans and St. George in Baton Rouge. She ministered as religion coordinator at St. Thomas More in Baton Rouge, La. and principal at St. Frances Cabrini and the Sisters of St. Joseph School in New Orleans before becoming Associate Director of the Office of Social Apostolate in New Orleans in 1987. She served as Executive Director of that Office from 1992 to 2002. She worked two years for the Archdiocese of New Orleans in the Office of Continuing Education for Priests and in 2004 became the first president of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in the school’s 143-year history. Retired since 2012 she continues to be very active in the CSJ Associates Program.



Sister Margaret Maggio, CSJ

60 Years


Sister Margaret Maggio is the youngest of six children born to Juanita Vallee and Seymour Maggio in Baton Rouge, La. She has three deceased siblings, Lucille Drago, Joe Maggio and baby Margie. Her sister, Lena Maggio, lives in Baton Rouge and her brother, Edward, lives in Napoleonville, LA.

She attended Sacred Heart elementary school and graduated from St. Joseph Academy in 1953. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 8, 1953 and made her final vows in 1960. She received a B.S. in education from Loyola University in New Orleans, La in 1966. She continued her graduate studies at the University of New Orleans and received a Master's Degree in Religious Education from Notre Dame School of Theology in New Orleans in 1977. She taught at St. Rose of Lima in N.O., St. Joseph Parochial in B.R., St. Mary's in New Roads, St. Rita in Harahan, and St. Joseph Academy in N.O. She was principal or Our Lady of the Gulf in Bay St. Louis, MS for four years. In 1974, she became Religious Coordinator of St. Joseph the Worker in Marrero, La until 1993. In 1995, she became Sister Helen Prejean's administrative assistant in the Ministry Against the Death Penalty and still serves in that ministry today. She is also Director of the Associate Program in New Orleans.



Sister Evelyn Mee, CSJ
(formerly Sister Juanita)

60 Years

Sister Evelyn was born in Tallulah, La., one of three children of the late Juanita Boudreaux and Thomas Rupert Mee. Her sister, Juanita M. Bozeman, lives in Baton Rouge and her brother Thomas is deceased. Sister Evelyn graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1954 and entered the Congregation in New Orleans that year, professing first vows in 1956 and final vows in 1961. She received a B.S. in Education from Loyola University New Orleans in 1966 and a Masters in Religious Education from Notre Dame School of Theology in New Orleans in 1977.

She taught from 1955 to 1990 at St. Joseph Academy in New Roads, La., St. Rose of Lima and St. Frances Cabrini in New Orleans, La., Sacred Heart in Baton Rouge, Guardian Angel in Cincinnati, Oh. and St. Ignatius in Grand Coteau La. She taught and was assistant principal at St. George in Baton Rouge. From 1990 to 2009 she ministered in religious education at Sacred Heart School and Parish in Baton Rouge. Sister Evelyn is retired in Baton Rouge where she continues to do volunteer ministry.



Sister Kathleen Pittman, CSJ
(formerly Sister Gerard)

60 Years

Sister Kathleen was born in New Orleans, La., one of three children of the late Rita Barry and Julius D. Pittman. Her sister, Ann P. Hill, lives in Houston, Tx. and sister Linda P. House lives in Memphis, Tn. Sister Kathleen graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1954 and entered the Congregation in New Orleans that year, professing first vows in 1956 and final vows in 1961. She received a B.A. in History cum laude from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans in 1959 and did graduate studies at Xavier University in New Orleans.

She taught one year at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge and from 1960 to 1974 at St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans. She then served in parish ministry at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Marrero, La from 1974 to 1988. During her last year there she was Associate Coordinator of Pax Christi in New Orleans. After a year’s sabbatical, she resumed her work with Pax Christi and from 1991 to 1995 became Director of Parish Social Ministry for Associated Catholic Charities in New Orleans. She then ministered as pastoral associate for St. Gabriel Parish in New Orleans for 15 years. She is now retired and living in New Orleans.



Sister Janine Beniger, CSJ

50 Years

Sister Janine was born in New Orleans, La. to the late Florence de la Vega and August Henry Beniger, Sr. She was baptized Mary Kay. Sister Janine has one brother, Gus, who lives in New Orleans Sister Janine graduated from St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans in 1963 and entered the Congregation in New Orleans that year, professing first vows in 1966 and final vows in 1974. She received a B.A. in Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans in 1969 and an M.A. in Pastoral Studies at the Loyola Institute for Ministry in New Orleans in 1994.

She began her teaching career in 1968 at St. Frances Cabrini Parochial School in New Orleans and taught 14 years at six schools: St. George School in Baton Rouge, La.; in Minnesota at St. Richard School, Archbishop Brady High School, and Sacred Heart High School; and in San Antonio, Tx. at St. Bonaventure School. Sister Janine also taught for two years at Northwest Regional Correction Center and Crookston Community Adult Learning Center in Minnesota. She began pastoral work in 1980 as a pastoral minister at St. Mary’s Mission in Dunseith, N.D. She was a social minister in New Orleans for Associated Catholic Charities from 1990 to 1999 and then pastoral assistant at Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Anthony of Padua in New Orleans. For six years beginning in 2005 she was an instructor in Morality and Old Testament at De La Salle High School in New Orleans. She is currently a full time volunteer for the CSJ sponsored People Program in New Orleans.



Sister Frances Duos CSJ
(formerly Sister Allison)

50 Years

Sister Frances was born in Lafayette, La., one of seven children of the late Rosemary Smith and Ferdie Duos. Her sister, Suzanne, lives in Sunset, La. and her sister, Celeste, lives in Lafayette; her brothers, Allison and Robert, live in Shreveport, La. Two sisters, Ferdie Anne Quoyeser and Jackie Packard, are deceased. Sister Frances graduated from Sunset High School In 1964. She entered the Congregation in New Orleans in 1964, professing first vows in 1967 and final vows in 1974. She received a B.A. in Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans in 1969 and an M.R.E. in Religious Education from Loyola University New Orleans in 1978.

Sister Frances began teaching at St. Rita School in Harahan, La. in 1969 and continued at St. Rose School in New Orleans, Catholic High of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, La. and St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans. She lived six years at Benedictine convents and a monastery in Missouri and Arizona. In 1987 she returned to teaching at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, La. for three years and to work in prison ministry. Sister Frances served for eight years as Director of Adult Religious Education at St. George Parish in Baton Rouge. She ministered in religious education at the Academy of Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, La., Opelousas Catholic School in Opelousas, La. and Catholic High of Pointe Coupee in New Roads, La. She ministered at Assumption of Our Lady Parish in Braithwaite, La. and as a case manager for three years for the St. Bernard Project in Chalmette, La. She is currently living in New Orleans and serving as Adult Education teacher at the Sister Lori Schaff Adult Learning Center.



Sister Janet Franklin CSJ
(formerly Sister Alicia)

50 Years

Sister Janet was born in New Orleans, La., one of three children of the late Mary Elizabeth Kessler and Richard Blair Franklin. Her sister, Mary Kay Barbay lives in New Orleans and brother, Curtis, lives in Slidell, La. Sister Janet graduated from St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans in 1962 and entered the Congregation in New Orleans in 1963, professing first vows in 1966 and final vows in 1971. She received a B.A. in Education and English from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans in 1967 and an M.A. in English from Louisiana State University in 1972.

Sister Janet began teaching at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1967; in 1971 she continued teaching for six years at St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans. She then served on the CSJ novitiate team in New Orleans for two years, later serving another two years as the CSJ Formation Director. She was appointed Vicar for Religious in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and ministered as liaison with religious congregations for a total of fourteen years (1982-1996). During this period she was presented with an honorary Doctor of Letters from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Sister Janet ministered in pastoral care at Bell Tower Assisted Living in Merrill, Wi. for three years and as Associate Director at the Sangre de Cristo Center in Santa Fe, N.M. for five years. She now lives in New Roads, La. and gives retreats and spirituality seminars around the country, particularly to elderly religious Sisters.




Sister Diane Poynot, CSJ
(formerly Sister Jeanette)

50 Years

Sister Diane was born in New Orleans, La., one of five children of the late Jeanne Marie Ganucheau and Oscar Francis Poynot. She has one deceased sister, Charlotte Raley. Her two brothers Emmett and Billy and her sister Denise Stall all live in Mandeville, La. Sister Diane graduated from St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans in 1962 and entered the Congregation in New Orleans that year, professing first vows in 1965 and final vows in 1973. She attended St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans then received a B.S. in Nursing at the University of Southwestern in Lafayette, LA in 1969.

Starting in 1969, Sister Diane ministered as an R.N. at Terrebonne General Hospital in Houma, La. for ten years. Afterwards, she along with Sr. Renee Loubere started the first Home Health Ministry in the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese as a branch of Metropolitan Home Health of New Orleans, La. In 1981, she went to St. Joseph Parish Chauvin, La and served as Pastoral Assistant and Parish Nurse - working there for 33 years. Sister Diane now lives in Houma, La. and works part time in health care.



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