sister ida robertine berresheim

70th Jubilee

Sister Ida Robertine Berresheim, baptized Elizabeth Eugena, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1946 and was received into the novitiate in 1947. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1960 and a master’s in English from St. Louis University in 1966.

Sister Ida spent her first 20 years of ministry in education, teaching on the primary and intermediate levels. In the 1950s, she taught at St. Mary Magdalene in St. Louis; St. Catherine of Sienna in Denver; St. Patrick’s in Sedalia, Missouri; St. Vincent de Paul in St. Louis; and St. Phillip Neri in St. Louis. And on the junior high level, she taught at St.  John’s in Green Bay.

In the 1960s, Sister Ida taught on the high school level at Little Flower in Chicago; St. Thomas Aquinas in Florissant, Missouri; and St. Anthony in St. Louis, where she also served as assistant principal.

In 1966, she began working at Fontbonne College on the administrative staff and became a faculty member in 1969.

From 1970 to 1982, she served her Sisters of St. Joseph community as regional superior, provincial councilor, assistant province superior and the assistant general superior.

In 1982, Sister Ida began her ministry in the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet’s vice province of Peru, where she worked in pastoral ministry as well as serving as the vice-province treasurer.

Returning to the states, she returned to serving in leadership in the CSJ community as general superior of the congregation from 1990-1994.

Sister Ida spent the next 17 years of her ministry at the border in El Paso serving immigrants at the Casa Majeres de la Esperanza. She served in various capacities including co-director, program presenter, grant writer, director and volunteer coordinator.

In 2011, she returned to St. Louis as the assistant mission coordinator for the CSJ congregation. Since 2013, Sister Ida has served in volunteer ministry, most notably continuing her commitment to her ministry at the border.

Sister Ida says that with retirement and advancing age have come many gifts, especially educational opportunities which the community has generously enabled.  Time for and participation in spiritual direction, music, peace and justice, board work and other activities have also been among the great gifts of these later years.

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