s. jean marie iadevito
Sister Jean Marie was born in St. Louis, Mo. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1961 and was received into the novitiate in 1962 as Sister John Christine. She received a bachelor’s degree in art/English from Fontbonne College in 1966 and master’s degrees in art from the University of Notre Dame in 1971 and in creation spirituality from Holy Names College in 1989. She also attended the Kansas City Art Institute for Post Graduate Studio Art.
In 1966 Sister Jean began her teaching ministry as the language arts and math teacher at St. Mary’s on the Hill in Augusta, Georgia. She then served as fine arts instructor, department chair and member of administrative council at Academy of Our Lady/Spalding Institute in Peoria , Ill and as art instructor at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in St. Louis.
In 1974 Sister Jean began 14 years of service at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, Mo., where she was the fine arts and interdisciplinary instructor, chairperson of interdisciplinary department, yearbook moderator and North Central Evaluation Steering Committee member.
In the early 1990s, she a part of the Interprovincial Novitiate Community in Denver. For the past 18 years, she has served in Denver as adult education coordinator at the Gathering Place: Day Center for Women and Children and as a client advocate at CHARG Center for Chronically Mentally Ill in Denver where she still serves today.
Sister Jean enjoys travel, having been to Chile as well as to Europe numerous times as an adult moderator.
Her special recognitions and achievements include: the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit, Brass Cheque Award (1991), the Colorado Watermedia Show, Award Winner (1993, 1994), the Del Corazon Award-AZTECA de Greater Kansas City (1991), and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless-Mitch Snyder Memorial Advocacy Award (2000).