Sister Jean Paul Selissen, baptized Barbara Jean, was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1958 and was received into the novitiate in 1959. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Fontbonne College in 1963 and a master’s degree in English from the Indiana University of Bloomington in 1971.
Sister Jean Paul served nearly 30 years in elementary education. She taught at St. Michael in Marquette, Michigan (1963-1966); St. Mary Cathedral in Peoria, Illinois (1966-1967); Immaculate Conception in Montgomery City, Missouri (1967-1968); and at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raytown, Missouri (1968-1970). Continuing to serve at Our Lady of Lourdes, Sister Jean Paul was also the learning resource center coordinator (1970-1972) and principal (1972-1975).
She taught in St. Louis at St. Louis Cathedral Grade School for a year, and was then teacher and principal at St. Cecilia Grade School from 1976 to 1981. For the next seven years, Sister Jean Paul taught and was principal at Sacred Heart in L’Anse, Michigan. Returning from sabbatical, she was the religious education coordinator at St. Timothy’s Parish from 1990 to 1993.
Sister Jean Paul served her CSJ community for 22 years as the provincial assistant to the treasurer at the province motherhouse. She retired in 2015.
Sister Jean Paul enjoys Sudoko puzzles, knitting for her many grand nieces and nephews as well as listening to music, reading and writing poetry.