Medaille Jubilarians – 2020 – Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Medaille Jubilarians – 2020

Sister Kathleen Babin, CSJ

(Sister Regis)

75 years

Sister Kathleen Babin was born in Baton Rouge to the late Eunice Templet and Ferbos Babin. She graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge and entered the Congregation in New Orleans 1943. She professed first vows in 1945 and final vows in 1948. Sister Kathleen earned a B.S. in Education from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1956, and an M.A. in Theology in 1971.  She also has a strong background in Myers-Briggs and Enneagram studies. Sister Kathleen taught in elementary schools in New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Grand Coteau, La., from 1945 to 1963.  She was local superior and a teacher at St. Joseph Academy in Bay St. Louis, Ms., a Novice Director for one year and a Provincial for eight years in New Orleans. Sister Kathleen worked part-time with Management Design Inc. for six years. She then served as Assistant General for the founding community of Medaille for five years, as pastoral assistant at St. Thomas More in Baton Rouge for four years, and in regional and congregational administration for four years. At the St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Baton Rouge, she was involved for ten years as Associate Director and then Director. She currently resides at the CSJ Center in Baton Rouge and continues to offer her prayers for the many people God has put in her path in over 70 decades.


Sister Dorothy LeBlanc, CSJ

(Sister Mary Andrew)

75 years

Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana Sister Dorothy LeBlanc entered the Congregation of St. Joseph following high school graduation and received the name Sr. Mary Andrew.

In 1995 Sister Mary Andrew began forty-five years of teaching in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. In 1985 sister served for eight years at Casa de Esperanza for children and in Aids ministry in Houston. She then spent 5½ years in Our Lady Of Lourdes social service center In New Orleans ministering to senior citizens.

In 1999 she served our senior sisters needing health care at Our Lady of Wisdom facility and in 2005 she evacuated with them to Wichita, Kansas.

I am very grateful to continue in care of our Sisters and social service interests and for all the love and caring of our Sisters.


Sister Anna Schellhaas, CSJ

(Sister Joseph Claire)

75 years

Sister Anna Schellhaas  was born in New Orleans, La., one of nine children of the late Hilda Koelmel and George Schellhaas. Her sisters are June LeBoeuf and Betty Maumus; her brothers are Donald and Robert. Three sisters and one brother are deceased:  Hilda Babin, Catherine Schellhaas, Rose Mary Schellhaas and George, Jr. Sister Anna graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy in New Orleans and entered the Congregation in New Orleans 1943. She professed first vows in 1945 and final vows in 1948. She received a Food Service Manager Certificate from St. Louis University in 1973.  Sister Anna worked in food service at St. Joseph Academy in New Orleans from 1945 to 1955 and then at St. Joseph Provincial House from 1955 to 1968. During the next thirty years, she worked in food service at Terrebonne General Hospital in Houma, La., and retired from food service in 1998. She then spent the next seventeen years visiting the sick and homebound in Houma. In 2015, Sister Anna moved to the CSJ center in Baton Rouge, where she stays busy praying for all the people she has known during her many years in the Congregation.


Sister Elaine Dufresne, CSJ

(Sister Mary Edward)

70 years

Sister Elaine Dufresne, a native of Somerset, Wisconsin, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph, Minnesota in 1948.  She holds a B.A. in Social Studies from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minnesota and certification for Pastoral Ministry from Seattle University and chaplaincy from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Her ministry career includes 17 years in Catholic elementary and high schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota and nine years in community leadership positions including six years as provincial coordinator.  Sister Elaine worked in pastoral care at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids, Minnesota for five years and at Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, North Dakota for six years.  She assisted in vocation ministry, pastoral care of the elderly and coordination of hospitality accommodations for CSJs in the Minnesota Twin Cities area until 2010.

Sister Elaine then moved to the Congregational Center in Wichita, Kansas where she ministered in pastoral care to the residents in Assisted Living and Skilled Care for seven years.  In 2018 she became a resident in the newly constructed licensed facility where she now spends her retirement years participating in community activities and prayer.


Sister Joan Hartlaub, CSJ

(Sister Marcella)

70 years

Sister Joan Hartlaub, a native of Cincinnati, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1950. She graduated from Our Lady of Cincinnati College with a B.S. in Education and has an M.S. in Theology from the University of Notre Dame. Sister Joan taught for 15 years in Catholic elementary schools in the Cincinnati area, and served ten years as campus minister at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio, and Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado. She then served as Associate Director of Campus Ministry for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She was a member of the General Council of the founding community of Medaille for four years, and ministered in guidance and development at McNicholas High School in Cincinnati. Sister Joan currently resides in Baton Rouge.


Sister Esther Hulin, CSJ

70 years

Sister Esther Hulin was born in southwestern Louisiana and received her first eleven years of formal education in the public school system. She graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1947 and entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in 1948. Her continued professional training included: a B.S. Degree in Education from Loyola University (New Orleans); a Masters degree in Education from Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio); and a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University (Chicago, Illinois). Her ministry in Catholic Education began in 1950 and lasted until her retirement in 2006. Her teaching assignments included working with elementary and junior high students in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Grand Coteau, La., and Cincinnati, Ohio. Her final teaching assignment was with ninth grade students at O’Connell Catholic High School in Galveston, Texas. Sister Esther also held three full-time positions as Principal for a total of 27 years in administration (five years at Sacred Heart School in Morgan City, LA; Seven years at St. Rita School in Harahan, LA; Twenty-one years at St. Alphonsus   School in Greenwell Springs, LA.). Sister Esther currently resides in Baton Rouge.


Sister Shirley Tousignant, CSJ

(Sister Elizabeth Marie)

70 years

Sister Shirley Tousignant, a native of Detroit, Michigan, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Crookston, Minnesota in 1948. She graduated from St. Catherine College in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a B.A. in Education. She taught in Catholic elementary schools in Minnesota and Wisconsin for 21 years. She then moved into parish ministry and served thirteen years as a Pastoral Assistant in parishes in North Dakota, Minnesota and Florida. She served as a reading specialist for seven years for the school system in Largo, Florida. She is retired and currently resides at our Nazareth center in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

 


Sister Anne Bergin, CSJ

(Sister Rose Mary)

60 years

Sister Anne Bergin, a native of Baton Rouge, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1957. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, with a B.A. degree in social studies and a B.S. in Physical Therapy from the University of Texas in Galveston.   She received training at the Hospice Institute in Great Britain. Sister Anne spent her first ten years teaching in Catholic elementary schools in New Orleans and in Cincinnati. She then returned to school and practiced physical therapy for 28 years. Upon retiring, Sister Anne used her considerable talent to teach quilting, which she continues to do for senior citizens enrolled in the People Program in New Orleans. Sister Anne currently resides in New Orleans, where she is an avid gardener.


Sister Dianne Fanguy, CSJ

(Sister Mary Kostka)

60 years

Sister Dianne Fanguy, a ­graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1957. A secondary high school educator for 16 years, she graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans with a B.S. degree in Math/Secondary Education, and an M.A. in Theology from Notre Dame University in Indiana. While doing Congregational Formation Ministry for 5 years, she pursued further studies in Christian Spirituality at Creighton University. Later, she studied Spanish and Latin American historical-cultural formation in preparation for 31 years of mission work in Guatemala (with Maya people), in Bolivia (as pastor of a priestless Aymara parish) and in Nicaragua where she served for 22 years in community development with gender equality, spiritual formation on all levels, youth leadership training, national leadership training workshops, and spiritual accompaniment. Sister Dianne currently resides in Baton Rouge.


Sister Anne Meridier, CSJ

(Sister Mary of Lourdes)

60 years

Sister Anne Meridier, a native of New Orleans, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1957. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, with a B.S. degree in Math and an M.Ed. in Biology from North Carolina State University.  She earned further certification in Administration and Supervision from Tulane University in New Orleans. Her first two years of ministry were in New Orleans as an elementary and high school teacher at St. Frances Cabrini and St. Joseph Academy. She continued teaching at St. Joseph’s for 14 years, serving as principal four of those years. She has served as Formation Director, administrator and coordinator at St. Joseph Convent in New Orleans and a member of the congregational leadership team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille from 2002 through 2007. She was coordinator of the Congregation of St. Joseph Residence in Baton Rouge from 2009- 2014 and a member of the People Program Board of Directors in New Orleans. She retired in 2014 and began Volunteer Ministry with the St Vincent de Paul Free Pharmacy soon after.


Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ

(Sister Louis Augustine)

60 years

Sister Helen Prejean, a native of Baton Rouge, entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1957. She is a graduate of St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans, with a B.A. degree in English and an M.A. in Religious Education from St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, Canada. She began as an elementary school teacher at St. Frances Cabrini in New Orleans, where she was director of Parish Religious Education for seven years. She then served as Formation Director for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille for seven years. In 1982, she moved into the St. Thomas Housing Project in New Orleans in order to live and work with the poor. While there, Sister Helen began corresponding with two prison inmates who had been sentenced to death. After witnessing their executions, Sister Helen was moved to write, Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States, which ignited a national debate on capital punishment, inspired an Academy Award winning movie, a play and an opera. Sister Helen also embarked on a speaking tour that continues to this day. Sister Helen’s second book, The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions, was published in 2004; and her third book, River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey, in 2019. She has received many honorary degrees including an Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and numerous awards including the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame, the Champion of Liberty Award from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of Catholic Women. Sister Helen currently resides in New Orleans, where she continues to write and speak to advocate for the abolishment of the death penalty.


Sister Juli Margaret Caron, CSJ

25 years

Sister Juli Caron was born in Marshall, Minnesota, and grew up on a farm as one of 7 children. She graduated from Holy Redeemer Catholic Grade School, and Central Catholic High School in Marshall, Minnesota. At age 17, Juli entered the Sisters of St. Benedict in Crookston, Minnesota. During her time with them, Sister Juli attended and graduated from St. Frances School of Nursing, as a LPN. She then moved to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where she worked at St. Mary’s Hospital, and later at a nursing home. After three years, she moved to Fargo, North Dakota, and worked at St. Luke’s Hospital. During this time, she attended St. Luke’s School of Nursing, graduating as a RN and certified RN as a Medical Surgical Nurse. She then began taking courses to become a Chaplain. She also holds a BA in Healthcare Psychology. During this time, Sister Juli met the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in Crookston. As time went on, she grew to love the CSJ mission and Charism, and began to ask God what he was asking of her. She visited with her Spiritual Director and discerned she was being asked to join the Sisters of St. Joseph. She then moved to New Orleans, where she attended the Novitiate, and later went to Philadelphia for three months, also as part of the Novitiate. Sister Juli then returned to Fargo and began to minister as a Chaplain in the Oncology unit at the Roger Maris Cancer Center. She ministered in St. Luke’s Hospital, Merit Care and Sanford Hospitals for 36 years. During this time, she became a Certified Spiritual Director and ministered as a Spiritual Director in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead, Minnesota. Sister Juli currently visits parishioners from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and ministers to those who are incarcerated in Moorhead, Minnesota, where she also resides.


Sister Julie Kraemer, CSJ

25 years

Sister Julie Kraemer was born in Vacherie, La. to the late Elemente Granier and Wilbert Kraemer, Sr. Her stepmother Mary Jane Kraemer lives in Chauvin, La.  Her brother Wilbert, Jr. lives in Chauvin and brother Bruce lives in Edmunds, Wa. Her sisters are Shelia K. Larousse in Thibodaux, La., Sarah K. Skiba in Youngsville, N.C., Mary Lou K. Levron and Donna K. Lirette in Chauvin, Brenda K. Parks in Raceland, La., Sandra K. Hammer in Madisonville, La. and Catheresa Kraemer in Houma, La.  Her sister Ann Kraemer is deceased. Sister Julie entered the founding community of Medaille in 1993 in New Orleans, made first profession in 1995 and final profession in 2000. She earned a B.A. in Elementary Education at the University of New Orleans, and then taught at Sacred Heart of Jesus School in Baton Rouge for twenty years until her retirement. Sister Julie currently lives at the CSJ center in Baton Rouge, where she offers her service as a volunteer.


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