Sister Jean Katherine deBlois, baptized Beverly, was born in San Francisco, California. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1968 and was received into the novitiate in 1969 in the Los Angeles province.
Before entering the congregation, she became a registered nurse. After entering, she received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mt. St. Mary College in Los Angeles in 1971 and worked as a critical care nurse and nursing supervisor at Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. She received a master’s degree in theology and ethics from the University of San Francisco in 1980, and a Ph.D. in moral theology and medical ethics from The Catholic University of America in 1988.
She transferred to the St. Louis Province after becoming a member of the faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center where she served as associate director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics from 1989 to 1993. During the next six years, she served at the Catholic Health Association as the senior associate for clinical ethics (1993-1997) and vice president of mission and sponsorship (1997-1999).
In 1999, Sister Jean joined the faculty of Aquinas Institute of Theology, where she was a professor of moral theology, and started and directed the MA in Health Care Mission program (2000-2016). She served her CSJ community as a provincial councilor (2002-2008). She also served as CSJ sponsor liaison to Ascension Health (2003-2008).
Since 2016, Sister Jean has served as professor emerita/adjunct faculty at Aquinas Institute of Theology. She works with the Nazareth Living Center ethics committee and is an ethics consultant for the Hospital Sisters Health System in Springfield, Illinois.
For fun, Sister Jean loves old movies and playing with her adopted friend, Joe, the late Sister Pat Flavin’s beloved pup.