Sister Jeanne d’Arc Kernion
As a New Orleans native, I grew up in Metairie, Louisiana, one of its suburbs. My Catholic parents made sacrifices to send all of their seven children, quite close in age, to Catholic elementary and high school. Besides a good education, my parents gave us the gifts of a loving family and a good work ethic.
I entered the community of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Priory in Covington, Louisiana, after graduating from St. Scholastica Academy there, and, after making my first vows, began my long teaching career. I earned degrees in English from Mount St. Scholastica College and the University of Notre Dame. During my 63 years of ministry, I served as an elementary school principal, as principal of my alma mater, St. Scholastica Academy, and as Prioress of my community. I was a member of the faculty of St. Joseph Seminary College in Covington for 34 years, teaching English and serving in numerous positions from department head to formation director to director of communications.
When my community decided to close and its members joined other Benedictine monasteries, I decided to return to the Mount, where I had many friends and where I could continue her Benedictine life of seeking God with others who were doing the same. I continue my love of books by working on the library staff and leading book discussions.