Sr. Jean’s introduction to the Sisters of St. Francis came from several avenues. She was taught by our sisters both in elementary and high school—at St. Benedict’s in Philadelphia, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Doylestown, and Lansdale Catholic High School. Closer to home, however, the influence came from her aunt, Sr. Helen Aloyse Reagan. As a child Sr. Jean recalled visiting the various convents where her aunt lived. “I remember putting on the sisters’ black sleeves and aprons—my ‘little habit,’” she laughed. But on a deeper level, Sr. Jean was impressed with the beautiful community life and spirit she found in each of those local convents.
After graduation Sr. Jean decided to wait a year before entering the congregation. Then just a month before her actual entrance date, her father died. Despite her grief, Jean followed her mother’s directive on that September day: “Go right into that house and don’t look back!” That advice followed Sr. Jean through her various ministries—as an educator in various schools, as administrator of Assisi House, as vice president of planning and mission effectiveness at St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, vice president of mission and ministry at St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington, and communications director for the congregation. In each instance Sr. Jean shared her own gifts and creativity and, in return, reaped the blessings that flowed from each unique experience.
Today Sr. Jean continues to share her gifts with others—both internally and externally—through her writing, her creativity, and her determined spirit. Whether she’s emailing work from her computer at Assisi House, busy at her desk in the motherhouse, or zipping up and down the main corridor in her Hoveround, Sr. Jean continues to give of herself in whatever way she can and to follow her mother’s directive to keep looking forward.