“Your face, Lord, do I seek. Do not hide your face from me.” Psalm 26:9
November 9, 2016, Sister Jeannette Lauzon
in religion Germaine-Marie,
went home to God.
She was 96 years old and had been professed for 71 years.
Born in Chartierville, Quebec, she was the 7th of the 8 children
of Philias Lauzon and Odiana Lauzon.
Jeannette spent her childhood in Chartierville, a small village in the Eastern Townships. After she received her 7th Grade Diploma, she continued on until Grade 10. In 1960, she obtained a B Diploma.
During her early teenage years, the desire for religious life took root in her. But before entering our Congregation, she would teach for two years and work as a dental assistant for another two years.
In August 1943, when Jeannette was 19 years old, she entered the postulancy. A zeal for prayer and contemplation already marked this individual who was brimming with life, warmth and a desire for sharing.
In August 1945, Sister Jeannette made her first vows. The door to the apostolate was opening up to her. She taught little ones in Grades 1 and 2 in East Angus, Garthby and at the Provincial House in Sherbrooke. For 26 years she would show these little ones how to write, read and count; but she also taught them the good manners of politeness as well as service and attention to the poor. Making her final vows in 1950 further strengthened her dedication to these little ones. All good things must come to an end, and so in 1971 Sister Jeannette left teaching to assume two different tasks: sewing and being a sacristan.
In 1975, she began to take care of her mother until her death in 1989. These fourteen years were years during which Sister Jeannette was present to her mother in an attentive and loving manner.
In 1989, she returned to our convents in Sherbrooke and Wedon and was again entrusted with the task of sacristan and of doing parish pastoral work. It was a wonderful opportunity for her to transmit Marie-Rose Durocher’s legacy, in her own way.
In 1995, a huge change happened in her life: a move to the Motherhouse during which time she was Superior in a smaller group of Sisters and assistant at the small store. Due to declining health and the need to rest she moved to Cartierville and from there to Ste-Émélie Convent. Then, there was a final return to the Motherhouse and later to Maison Jésus-Marie for a ministry of prayer.
Throughout her entire life, Sister Jeannette was a woman of prayer and contemplation. She saw a part of God’s beauty in others, and was welcomed by God with attentiveness and benevolence.