Sr. Jean of the Holy Spirit

Diamond Jubilee, Dec. 22, 2012, 60 years as a vowed Religious

Our dear Sr. Jean of the Holy Spirit died last night, January 19, 2020 at around 10:30 p.m. May the Holy Spirit sent upon Jesus at his baptism in the form of a dove swoop up Sr. Jean and carry her on His wings to the heights of heaven!

Sr. Jean had been very weak since January 10th when she had an episode and was unable to gain strength after that. She was put on hospice after returning from a short stay in the hospital. We thank God that she was not in pain or distress while she was awaiting her Bridegroom.

She was able to communicate with us in and out, showing her tender gratitude at times and her guileless spunk at others. Thinking she could not hear well a sister spoke loudly in her ear to receive in return, “you don’t have to talk so LOUD!” Other times she furled her eye brows to show her disapproval, or to mouth quietly, “I don’t know what you’re saying,” which she said to us so often lately, when her hearing declined. Then we’d say, “There is our Sr. Jean!” And other times she’d give her loving smile and mouth the words, “Thank you,” as she would often say to any little bit of help given to her.

Funeral Arrangements

Visitation will be held in the Carmelite Monastery chapel starting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 21st, with a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. in the evening.
The funeral will be on Wednesday, January 22nd at 10:30 a.m. with burial following in the nuns’ cemetery. All are welcome.

Sr. Jean’s Vocation Story

Written in 1989, here is a true picture of who Sr. Jean of the Holy Spirit was, prior to her decline in health. Her poetic style is well displayed here, as well as her deep spirituality and how she viewed the world around her, in her own, unique, gifted way.

Comments 7

  1. Sister Jean’s sharing of her vocation is beautiful. I love her honesty. May she now sing her life song forever in the presence of the Most Holy Trinity. May Christ’s mercy and love surround her and bless her.

  2. My prayers are with Sister Jean, and she can now see them clearly. I remember our few meetings together with great fondness.
    I pray she will see my wife Ruth (passed away in 2014) and that they can enjoy the wonder and awe of the Presence together.

  3. Pie Jesu Domine, dona ei requiem.
    “In a beautiful morning, walking barefoot to the work through the green fields with the company of the singing birds… and there you shall meet the real happiness!”
    Mehmet Murat Ildan

  4. I thank the sisters for their love and care of my aunt, Sr. Jean. Jean took her vows the year I was born; I met her only twice, the last time at my father’s funeral in 2004. So I thank you for posting her 1989 message in which she describes her family life, growing up, and her vocation, in a typically Ryan fashion. May Sr. Jean have music all her days!

  5. J.M.+J.T.

    “The world is yours at once and forever.
    And because you have no want, my King, you have no pleasure in your wealth.
    It is as though it were not.
    Therefore through slow time you give me what is yours,
    and ceaselessly win your kingdom in me.
    Day after day you buy your sunrise from my heart, and
    you find your love carven into the image of my life.”

    Rabindranath Tagore
    “Fruit Gathering”

    Rest in peace, Sister Jean

  6. Sr Jean’s intelligent, straightforward, honest goodness was a wonderful example to me in my youth long ago. Now she stands before the face of God. Sr. Jean, pray for us!

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