Sister Liberata Pellerin — on her 75th Jubilee

Sister Liberata Pellerin
Sister Liberata Pellerin

PARENTS: Louis and Alida Chartier Pellerin
HOMETOWN: Lake Linden, Mich.
Marymount College, Salina (bachelor’s degree); Catholic University, Washington, D.C. (master’s in theology/Scripture); Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif. (spiritual direction)

1941-1961  Primary school teacher in Aurora, Ill.; Concordia, Damar and Manhattan, Kan.; Adrian and Gladstone, Mich.
1961-1965 School principal and superior in Cawker City, Kan.
1965-1967 Supervised temporary professed sisters and taught theology at Marymount College, Salina
1967-1970 Shared supervision duties for novices and postulants at the Nazareth Motherhouse, Concordia
1970-1975 Vice president of the Sisters of St. Joseph
1976-1978 In charge of postulants at the Motherhouse, Concordia
1978-1981 Parish ministry in Craig, Colo.
1981-1985 Studying to qualify as a Progoff Journal consultant, then pastoral ministry in Manhattan, Kan.
1985-1986 Worked in library at Central Catholic High School, Grand Island, Neb.
1986-2005 Archivist for the Sisters of St. Joseph at the Motherhouse, Concordia
2005-today Retreat leader and a spiritual director at Manna House of Prayer, Concordia


YES is the word for this time in my life as a Sister of St. Joseph of Concordia. This is where I have found the deepest part of my soul.

Life itself is a wondrous journey, a true gift. The experiences of these 75 years in community are priceless gifts and I wouldn’t take back one moment of any day. There is no better way to celebrate Jubilee than to say YES.

I say YES to what has been and what will be.

I say YES to my God-given gifts. YES even to the limits of my personhood. These experiences have challenged and called me beyond myself and have helped me to believe in God’s faithfulness.

My almost 20 years as congregational archivist helped me to see how closely the connection of our lives has been part of our ongoing communal history of service and love in our world. We see first-hand the dedication in which, through the years, our Sisters have etched lives of simplicity and Gospel values.

Our place in God’s design has been a continuing personal and communal YES. We are living it. Our lives are dedicated to a union with one another, with all others, with our created world based upon a constant trust in God. We do not doubt, therefore, that God has been saying YES to us.

Jubilee is celebrating that faithful YES of God. Our response, from all of us, living and deceased is YES!

“What return can I make to God for all God’s goodness to me?”

4 thoughts on “Sister Liberata Pellerin — on her 75th Jubilee

  • June 14, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Congratulations Sisterr Liberata on your 75th Jubilee. I was a student at All Saints in Gladstone, while you were teaching there. I believe you talught one of my younger brothers, Tom Creten., and of course you know Sister Jodi is our sister!!! Have a great day of celebrating with family and all your sister family.

  • May 17, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Congratulations Great Aunt Sister Liberata on your 75th Jubilee. I pray that you continue in your service to our Lord Jesus Christ and hope to some day be able to sit down and talk with you about our family including my Grandfather, your brother Raymond. God Bless.

  • April 13, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    I was a student in nursing from 1964 to 1968. You probably were one of my teachers. Your eyes have a special attraction like I should know you. Anyhow the things I learned in religion classes have helped me serve in nursing from 1968 until retired last year. They also helped me adopt two special needs children and raise them as well as stay married since Sept 1972. Sherry Mc Cune is still my best friend. I forget her maiden name but she was a temporary professed nun who had narcolepsy and also was a nursing student- class of 1967 I believe. Mc cune is her married name. Thank you and all the other staff at Marymount for the great job you did developing young woman to serve and do Gods work as well as be wives,parents and ministers to others .

  • April 12, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Congratulations Sister Liberata on your 75th Jubilee. You were my first grade teacher at All Saints Catholic School in Gladstone, Mi. It was the first year the new school was open in 1958. I wish you continued good health and many more years of service to our Lord.

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