Mt. Carmel sisters to celebrate jubilees
Three Sisters of Mount Carmel will be honored in celebration of the anniversaries of their religious professions at a Mass and reception Oct. 18 at 11 a.m. at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse, 420 Robert E. Lee Blvd., New Orleans.
The jubilarians are Sister Germaine Lauzon, celebrating 60 years of profession, and Sisters Andrée Bindewald and Blaise Fernando, celebrating 50 years.
Sister Germaine, a native of Canada, began her religious life as a member of the Grey Nuns of the Cross (Sisters of Charity of Ottawa), entering in 1952 and making first vows in 1954. She transferred vows to the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in 1982. Sister Germaine received a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans and a master’s degree in religious studies from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas.
Sister Germaine has devoted 49 years to Catholic education. She taught at schools in Gueydan, Church Point, Thibodaux, New Iberia, Abbeville and Lafayette, Louisiana, and in Massachusetts. She served as principal of Maltrait Memorial School in Kaplan and as assistant principal at Cathedral Carmel Elementary in Lafayette. Since 2002, Sister Germaine has been assistant archivist for the congregation.
Sister Andrée, a native of New Orleans, entered the congregation in 1961 and professed first vows in 1964. She attended St. Dominic Elementary and Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans and received a bachelor of science degree in medical technology at St. Mary’s Dominican College. She earned a master of arts degree in religion and personality from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
Sister Andrée has served as a medical technologist at St. Joseph Hospital in Thibodaux, the Eye, Ear & Nose Institute in New Orleans and Tulane Medical School. She served as coordinator of rural ministries for the Diocese of Memphis, director of Fayette Cares in Somerville, Tennessee, RCIA coordinator at St. Clement of Rome Parish in Metairie and was on the RCIA team at St. Mary Magdalene Parish in Abbeville. She served as religion administrator and teacher at Mount Carmel Elementary in Abbeville.
She has also served as executive councilor of the congregation, assistant to the president, development director and formation directress for postulants and novices in the U S. and Philippines. In 2014, she was named “Nun of the Year” by the Louisiana Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. She currently works with the Program for All-Inclusive Care of the Elderly (PACE), a program of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans.
Sister Blaise, a native of the Philippines, entered the congregation in 1961 and pronounced vows in 1964. She received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and social studies from St. Mary’s Dominican College and a master’s degree in Spanish from Tulane University. Sister Blaise taught Spanish for 29 years at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, for 10 years at Loyola University and for one year at Brother Martin High School. Since 1981, Sister Blaise has served as assistant director of New Orleans Bread for the World, Loyola University and project coordinator for Carmelite NGO, North America Project.