to celebrate 25th Jubilee
In 1978 I was invited to a retreat at the Monastery of St. Gertrude where I realized that my life could mean so much more with the Sisters than it could by itself and so I made my first profession on June 25, 1983.
Since that pivotal moment I have served in Cottonwood at St. Mary’s Hospital and with North Central Deanery Youth Ministry; received my nursing degree from ISU and served St. John’s parish as a lector and Eucharistic minister for Bannock and Pocatello Regional Hospitals and volunteered at the Free Clinic; ministered in Lewiston as staff nurse at Tri-State and St. Joe’s hospitals and as Maternal-Child Outreach nurse for the Nez Perce Tribal Health Program; served Our Lady of Lourdes parish on the RCIA team, taught sacraments and Christology for the MDP program and served as a lector and Eucharistic minister for the homebound; and served in Jerome as staff nurse at St. Benedict’s, coordinated pastoral visitors and taught religious education to 4th grade students.
Called home to the monastery in 1996, I was Director of our infirmary until 1999 when I was asked to serve as Vocations Director. My nursing ministry continues at Gritman Hospital Family Birth Center in Moscow.
As I look back on 25 years of service in our Church and community I am deeply grateful to be a part of the Benedictine tradition and history of St. Gertrude’s.
For the complete story on Sister Jane Marie Barnard’s 25th Jubilee please visit www.StGertudes.org/jubilees.htm
Come and celebrate with us! All are welcome to attend the 25th Jubilee of Sister Janet Marie Barnard at the Monastery of St. Gertrude in Cottonwood, Idaho on July 12, 2008. For more information, directions or to arrange accommodations please e-mail monastery@StGertrudes.org or call 208-962-3224.
Left is Sister Janet Marie Barnard in a recent photo and at right at her first monastic profession, June 25, 1983
This photo shows Sister Janet Marie Barnard at her first monastic profession on June 25, 1983. Pictured in the photo are: front row left to right: Sister Barbara Gonzales, Sister Janet Marie Barnard, Sister Jean Lalande; 2nd row left to right: Sister Mary Geis, Sister Mary Marge Goeckner; Back row left to right: Father William Ordway, Bishop Sylvester Treinen, Father William Dohman.