sister camille collini

60th Jubilee

Sister Camille Collini was born in Savannah, Georgia. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1956 and was received into the novitiate as Sister Mary Terence in 1957.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1961 and certification as a religious coordinator from Avila College in 1968.  

She began in 1961, teaching in elementary school at St. Mary on the Hill in Augusta, Georgia. In 1965, she taught at St. Louis Grade School in Waco, Texas. In 1968, she returned to St. Mary on the Hill in Augusta  as religious education coordinator for children in public schools (grade and high school) and the adult education program for the parish.

In 1975, after a year as coordinator for a pilot program in auxiliary pastoral work in four inner city parishes in Savannah under Bishop Raymond W. Lessard, D.D., she was appointed campus minister at Georgia Southern College in Statesboro. During that time, she also served as pastoral minister at St. Matthew Parish in Statesboro.

She then taught religion classes for freshmen and juniors at Aquinas High School, Augusta in 1978. In 1979, Sister  Camille became pastoral minister for St. Matthew Parish in Fairburn near Atlanta. From 1980-1983 she served at the Village of St. Joseph in Atlanta.

In 1983, the area superior suggested that Sister Camille return to Savannah to care for her mother, who was a stroke patient.  After her mother’s death in 1985, Sister Camille worked in the Treasurer’s Office in St. Louis.

In 1986, she returned to Georgia.  She was offered a job at Joseph’s Home for Boys in Statesboro. Within the year she was asked to take the job, director of the home. In 1996 Sister retired as director.

In 1996, Sister Camille returned to Savannah and for a year taught first grade at St. Michael School on Tybee Island.  During that time she was offered a job as property manager of St. Luke Place, two buildings of 15 adults, who suffer from mental disorders. The Savannah Diocese sponsored the HUD Property. In 2006 Sister Camille retired.

From 2008 to 2012 Sister Camille served as vicar for religious for the Savannah Diocese.

Retiring in 2012, Sister Camille lives in Savannah, carrying out her ministry of prayer and presence.   

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