sister lisa ann lazio

50th Jubilee

Sister Lisa Lazio was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1966 and was received into the novitiate in 1967. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religious education from Avila College in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1971 and the following degrees from St. Louis University: a master’s degree in Christian spirituality (1979); a master’s degree in educational counseling (1992); and a doctorate in counseling and family therapy (1999).

Sister Lisa began her 50 years of service in 1970 as the religious education coordinator at St. Elizabeth Parish in Kansas City, Missouri.

In the 1971, Sister Lisa was sent to supervise all high school theology programs. She was the co-founder of the Catholic Youth Service in Denver, Colorado, an Archdiocesan program that served the needs of those aged 14 to 25.  She was the program director for retreats, service projects, CYO and planning. Having never taught, it was a challenge, yet "it was one of the most blessed times of my life," she says. 

In St. Louis, Sister Lisa served as a staff member at the Carondelet House of Prayer from 1975 to 1979.

From 1979 to 1990, she served as director of campus ministry at St. Joseph's Academy and taught theology there for 14 years.  "During mission week, I began a clown booth for those who could not get involved in the other preparations, she says. "I made over 3,000 clowns by hand with the help of some very generous faculty and students."

From 1992 to 1995, she was a counselor at Holy Family School. And for more than 10 years, Sister Lisa facilitated retreats for the CSJ community. 

Since 1998, Sister Lisa has ministered as a therapist and facilitator for couples and families.

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