Each year the sisters celebrate the anniversary of their entrance into religious life. The 2019 Jubilarians are:
Five sisters of Mount Carmel were honored in celebration of the anniversary of their religious professions on November 16 with Mass and reception at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church, Lafayette, LA. Reverend Father F. Hampton Davis, III presided.
Sister Frances Therese Meyers, born Ethelyn Mary Meyers to the late Wilfred Joseph Meyers and Odette Marie Lamothe, celebrates 70 years of religious life. She entered the Sisters of Mount Carmel in 1946 and made her first profession in 1949. Sister attended St. Leo the Great, St. James Major, and Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA. She received a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and certification in biology, chemistry, general science, mathematics, English, and library science from Loyola University, New Orleans, LA and a master’s degree in Library Science with a minor in mathematics from LSU, Baton Rouge, LA. She did post-graduate work at Loyola in organic chemistry and advanced placement chemistry. Sister Frances Therese taught at Mount Carmel schools in Thibodaux, Rayne, Abbeville, and New Orleans and at St. Augustine and St. James Major, New Orleans, LA, E.D. White Catholic High School, Thibodaux, LA and Notre Dame High School in Crowley, LA. Sister served as principal in Thibodaux, assistant principal at Mount Carmel Academy, and assistant librarian at Xavier Prep. She was elected General Councilor in 1977 and appointed Secretary General of the congregation in 1979. In 1982, Sister served the congregation as manager of the Mount Carmel Altar Bread Department, located in the Motherhouse, until 2005 when it closed due to Hurricane Katrina. Sister Frances Therese was a member of the Archivists for Congregations of Women Religious and the New Orleans Religious Community Archivists. Sister also served the congregation as Motherhouse administrator, congregation secretary, and assistant to the development director. She retired in 2009 and is currently residing at Lafon Nursing Home in New Orleans.
Sister Judith Hebert, a native of Abbeville, LA, celebrates 70 years of religious life as a Sister of Mount Carmel. Sister was born Jeanette Mildred Hebert to the late Isidore D. Hebert and Judith Landry in Abbeville, the eighth of nine children. Sister Judith attended Perry Elementary, Perry, LA, Mount Carmel Elementary, Abbeville, LA, and Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA. Sister entered religious life in 1946 and professed first vows in 1949. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, New Orleans and a master’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette.) Sister Judith has ministered as an educator at St. Joseph the Worker, Marrero, LA, Mount Carmel, Thibodaux, LA, Mount Carmel, Lafayette, LA (now Cathedral-Carmel Elementary), serving as principal there from 1968-1978. From 1978-2017 at Mount Carmel Elementary, Abbeville, sister was classroom teacher, religion coordinator, and prayer moderator, where she spread the Carmelite charism among the children through scripture and prayer. Sister is currently a Eucharistic Minister at East Ridge Assisted Living Center and a member of St. Mary Magdalen Church Choir, Abbeville, LA.
Sister Valerie Gros celebrates 60 years of religious life. Born Arline Marie in Thibodaux, LA, sister is the first of eight children born to the late Percy John Gros and Eula Mae Chiasson. Sister Valerie entered religious life in 1956 and pronounced first vows in 1959. She attended Mount Carmel Elementary and graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Thibodaux, LA. She received a bachelor’s degree in Education from Dominican College, New Orleans, LA and went on to receive her master’s degree in Education from San Carlos University, Cebu City, Philippines. Sister Valerie has taught at schools in Abbeville, New Orleans, and Rayne, LA as well as Granada Hills, CA and in Dumaguete City and Cauayan City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. For over 20 years Sister Valerie was an Itinerant Minister through the Well Community, New Orleans, LA. Sister is retired and resides in Lafon Nursing Home, New Orleans, LA.
Sister Camille Anne Campbell celebrates 60 years of religious life. Sister was born in Jackson Mississippi to the late Charles Stevenson Campbell and Elise Campbell Hughey. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and Latin from St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans and masters’ degrees in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, Counseling from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, and Religious Studies, Mundelein College/Loyola, Chicago, Illinois. Sister entered religious life in 1956 and pronounced first vows in 1959. Devoting over 60 years to education she taught at St. Dominic School from 1958-1959. Beginning in 1962, she has served as teacher of religion and mathematics at Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans and Vermilion Catholic High School, Abbeville, LA, where she also served as assistant principal and guidance counselor. From 1980-1992 Sister Camille Anne served as principal of Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans. From 1992 to 2014 Sister served as president and principal. In 2005 she was responsible for the planning and rebuilding of the school after Hurricane Katrina inundated the school buildings with over 10 feet of liquid waste. Since 2014, upon the appointment of a lay principal, Sister Camille Anne continues to serve as President through today. Sister has received many awards including Outstanding Catholic Educator in 1998 by the NCEA, 2012 AdvancED Excellence in Education Award winner, New Orleans Magazine 2012 Top Female Achiever Award, 2006 New Orleans Woman of the Year Nominee. She served in leadership positions for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and AdvancedED. Sister also has many professional affiliations, including contractor licensed by Louisiana State Contracting Board for rebuilding the school, 2006, and Archdiocese of New Orleans, Strategic Planning Commission, 2011-2012.
Sister Libby Dahlstrom celebrates 50 years of vowed religious life as a Sister of Mount Carmel. Sister was born in New Iberia, LA to the late Roy Edward Dahlstrom and Marie Carmen Keller. She attended Mount Carmel Elementary and High School in New Iberia, LA, Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education; and St. Michael’s College in Winooski, VT, where she received a Master of Arts in Theology. She entered religious life on September–– 6, 1966 and pronounced first vows on August 5, 1969. Sister taught at St. Joseph, Thibodaux, LA; St. Michael’s Special School and St. Dominic, New Orleans, LA; Rayne Catholic Elementary, where she served as teacher, religion coordinator, and for one year as assistant principal. She also taught at Mount Carmel Elementary in Abbeville, serving as religion coordinator there. She was involved in pastoral ministry for one year in Bolivar and Selmer, TN. Since 1998, Sister Libby has lived in Illinois and served as Associate Provincial Delegate to Lay Carmelites for the Carmelite Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary.