Sister Helen Travis, CSJ
Sister Helen Travis entered religious life July 2, 1950. Teaching was her ministry for decades throughout parochial schools in Indiana including Kokomo, Tipton, Delphi and Crawfordsville. After receiving training in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Sister Helen specialized in the Montessori Method of teaching by which she motivated children for many years. She also served as a Pastoral Associate, and served on the Leadership Team in Tipton.
Sister Helen is currently retired and resides at our Nazareth center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she stays active in prayer ministry.
Sister Danielle Garst, CSJ
Sister Danielle Garst was born on July 11, 1942 to Patricia and George Garst. She lived her first 18 years on the family farm in the small town of Fortville, 12 miles east of Indianapolis. She began to think of being a sister in the sixth grade at Holy Spirit School in Indianapolis, where the Sisters of Providence taught her and her siblings. While Sister Danielle was in the seventh grade, the family moved to Tipton where she attended St. John the Baptist School and St. Joseph Academy, where she was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Danielle says it was Mother Gerard Maher, the Major Superior at St. Joseph Motherhouse in Tipton, who first told her that she thought I had a vocation to be a Sister of St. Joseph. “We discussed religious life and she asked that I come the next morning with my parents to get measured for my postulant dress,” she said. “I entered the convent in Tipton on September 7, 1960.”
After teaching grades K-6 for thirty years in seven schools in the Lafayette Diocese, Sister Danielle attended and received a Certificate in Gerontology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College. After completing classes, she remained at St. Mary-of-the-Woods for 12 years to minister as a nursing assistant and receptionist for the Sisters of Providence. In 2012, Sister Danielle moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she currently resides at our Nazareth center.
“God gently nudges and guides us along our journey in life,” said Sister Danielle. “I have been blessed by God who called me to religious life. I am grateful to my family, my friends and my Congregation of St. Joseph for their love and support on my journey. I have been a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty years ministering with the sisters who were my teachers and mentors throughout my life… and I have loved it!!!
“One thing I ask of God, this I seek: to dwell in the House of God all the days of my life, and to gaze on God’s beauty.” (Psalm 27:4)
Sister Jane Frances Mannion, CSJ
Sister Jane Frances Mannion entered religious life February 2, 1960. She taught in Catholic schools in Indiana including Portland, South Bend, Tipton, Carmel, Marion and Kokomo. She also served as Principal for several years. After leaving the teaching ministry, Sister Jane Frances embraced the ministry of Pastoral Care at St. Joseph Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana. She served as Pastoral Associate at Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Luke the Evangelist Parishes in Indianapolis. During many of these same years, she served on the Leadership Team in Tipton.
Sister Jane Frances ‘retired’ in 2009 from Parish Life, but has stayed active in her retirement. She enjoys spending time with her grand nephews and attending their activities along with spending time with family members. She continues to correspond with many friends whose friendships have expanded through her ministry years. Sister Jane Frances enjoys her flower gardens, correspondences via phone and email, and meeting with friends and other sisters often. Sister continues to be active with the Associates in the Tipton area, and participates in the annual alumnae gatherings of St. Joseph Academy.