Sister Jeanne Jarvis

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Jarvis_Jeanne_SisterWhat was your first job before entering community or your first ministry? What did you enjoy about it?
I was 18 and commissioned to teach 42 first- and second-graders in Madison, Wis. -- "the bush" as it was called -- a total Italian community.  I enjoyed the time immensely because the children were so vibrant, outgoing, and full of life, as were their parents (several right from the old country). Besides, I loved the Sisters with whom I was living. I felt all prepared. Guess what! I was all finished with my lesson plans at 11 in the morning. The dear principal and her eighth-graders came to the rescue. To this day these beloved Italians keep in touch.

As Franciscans celebrate 800 years since St. Clare joined St. Francis in following Christ, what one facet of her life would you like more people to know?
This year as the community celebrates St. Clare's following of Christ, I wish more people knew about her magnanimous charity and service to others, stemming from her love of prayer and great compassion and humility. Selflessness and teaching by example are two great things we could follow.

We often hear the phrase, "We are Easter people." What does it mean to you or how do you live it?
People of hope, peace and joy,
Who remember Who they are:
Daughters and sons of God,
Saved through the suffering and love of Jesus Christ, their Brother,
And who join their daily dyings and risings with Jesus to help others.

That could be a smile, an errand, play, a good laugh, a compliment, involvement in a task, or just being with.

What makes you laugh?
I laugh at myself, my idiosyncracies, a good joke, story, movie, frailty and foibles of all of us, what a playful gusty wind can do (as I drive along in a car), etc.

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Tom Eversen stops by the Motherhouse to visit with his former teacher, Sister Jeanne Jarvis. She says Tom was one of the brightest students she ever had, and she always enjoys hearing from former pupils.