Sister Jane Elizabeth Gerard

With various ministries served, this 70th jubilarian exemplifies how variety is the spice of life! Meet Sister Jane Elizabeth Gerard.

Sister Jane, baptized Helen Marie, was born in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1948. She received a bachelor’s degree in music education and violin performance from Fontbonne College (now University) in 1959 and a master’s in violin performance from Duquesne University in 1966.

In 1950, Sister Jane began teaching on the elementary level in St. Louis. She taught at Notre Dame de Lourdes (1950), music at St. Philip Neri Grade School (1950-52), Nativity of Our Lord Grade School (1952-57), and at St. Margaret of Scotland Grade School (1957-61). The following year, Sister Jane taught private piano and violin at Fontbonne College and group violin in several grade schools in St. Louis. Frrom January to June of 1961, she also taught at Rosati-Kain High School. Sister Jane was on the Fontbonne College music faculty from 1962 to 1968.

From 1968 to 1974, Sister Jane studied musicology at the University of Chicago. She went on to serve as assistant chaplain at Calvert House Catholic Student Center at the University of Chicago until 1976. The following year, she was associate director of the Parish Evaluation Project in Chicago. In 1977, Sister Jane served as the registrar at the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago until 1981. She served as registrar and formation team member until 1984 at De Andreis Institute of Theology in Lemont, Illinois. In 1986, after two years in transition, she served for a year as a clerical worker at the law firm of Van Emden, Busch, Van Emden.

In 1987, Sister Jane began 25 years of service at DePaul University (DPU). Sister Jane was an assistant to the director of the Institute for Religious Organizations until its close and, later, administrative assistant as well as an assistant dean for the School for New Learning at DePaul University. She also team taught a night course every fall and winter for 11 years at the School for New Learning (DPU). Her final position at DePaul University lasted 11 years (2001-2012) as she served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs’ administrative and research assistant. During this time, she also served on the Spiritual Director Roster for the Archdiocesan Permanent Diaconate Program; and from 2002 to 2004, she served her CSJ community as interim novice director.

Although Sister Jane retired in 2012, she began manuscript transcription and continued spiritual direction in Chicago until moving to St. Louis in 2015.