Sister Jean Meier, CSJ 1944-2014

Sister Jean Meier

March 5, 1944 – May 21, 2014

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Jean Meier (S. Marian Anthony) who passed away on May 21 at SSM DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Mo. She was 70 years of age.

S. Jean was born on March 5, 1944 to parents Anthony John and Dolores (Handing) Meier in St. Louis, Mo. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1963 and professed her final vows on August 4, 1971. This past March, S. Jean celebrated her 50th jubilee with her fellow Reception of 1964 members with a special Mass at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse.

S. Jean’s academic achievements throughout her life are most impressive, beginning with a bachelor’s degree in English, secondary schools, from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1969. She earned two master’s: one in theology from St. Louis University in 1976 and another in pastoral counseling from Loyola University in Chicago, Ill., in 1989. She then went on to receive a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois Counseling Center in Urbana in 1994.

Throughout the first few years of her life’s ministry and service, S. Jean was a teacher at several schools from 1967 to 1973: Immacolata Grade School, Richmond Heights, Mo.; Our Lady of Lourdes Grade School, Raytown, Mo.; St. Joseph’s Academy, St. Louis; and St. Joseph High School, Atlanta, Ga.

After teaching, she remained in Georgia and became a religious education consultant for the Atlanta Diocesan Office. S. Jean returned to St. Louis in 1980 to serve at the St. Joseph Provincial House as the director of vocation education, Medialle Community (1980-1983) and then the director of novices, coordinator of core group for vocation education (1983-1986).

In 1986, S. Jean moved north to Chicago to attend Loyola University (1986-1989). While there, she also taught at the Institute of Pastoral Studies for a year in 1988. Upon receiving her master’s in pastoral counseling from Loyola, she became counselor for the Parish Counseling Service for two years.

S. Jean then went on to further her studies at the School of Professional Psych in Chicago from 1991 to 1993, while also holding the position of provincial counselor at the St. Joseph Provincialate in St. Louis from 1992-1996. S. Jean performed an internship at the University of Illinois Counseling Center in 1993 and a post-doctoral fellow at the St. Louis University School of Medicine from 1994 to 1996 as well.

Afterwards, S. Jean was a psychotherapist at the St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute for a few months before becoming a psychologist for the St. Louis Consultation Center, where she remained until her passing. In 2013, she became a clinical director for the center.

S. Jean was also a member of the 2008-2014 St. Louis Province Leadership Team.

Family, friends and the CSJ community gathered for a funeral Mass on June 4 at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet Motherhouse. Interment of S. Jean’s cremains is at Resurrection Cemetery.

S. Jean is survived by her brother Reverend Jerry Meier of Maryland Heights, Mo.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

May 23, 2014

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