Sister Clare, born Anna Marie Cramer in Crowley, LA, is the first of ten children of the late Jacob H. Cramer of Roberts Cove, LA and Mary Magdalena Habetz of Crowley, LA. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sept. 4, 1955 and received the habit on Aug. 2, 1956. On Aug. 5, 1958, she made her first profession, and pronounced perpetual vows Aug. 5, 1963. She celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2018.
Sister attended St. Leo Roberts Cove and St. Joseph Elementary and graduated valedictorian from St. Joseph High School, Rayne, LA. Sister received a bachelor of science in Secondary Education from St. Mary’s Dominican College, New Orleans, LA and a bachelor of science in Nursing from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. Sister Clare taught at Mount Carmel Academy and St. James Major in New Orleans. After receiving her nursing degree in 1967, she worked in hospitals in Thibodaux and New Orleans and at Rayne Guest Home, Rayne, LA. Sister Clare ministered at Chateau de Notre Dame house as nursing service director and with the Lakeview Senior Adult Ministry (Ecumenical) in New Orleans as well as with the New Orleans Archdiocesan Social Apostolate at the Incarnate Word Senior Center. She served as Congregation infirmarian, St. Scholastica Priory infirmarian and St. Mary of the Pines Retirement Center Healthcare Coordinator in Chatawa, MS. Sister was also Chair of the Justice and Peace Fund Board and Mission Effectiveness Representative at Rayne Catholic Elementary. In 2001, Sister was recognized by Sally Ann Roberts on WWL-TV as a “Quiet Hero.” Sister Clare served as spiritual assistant to Lay Carmelites in Crowley and Rayne, LA and medical consultant and nurse for the Sisters, their families, and friends in Breaux Bridge, Rayne, Opelousas, Abbeville, and Lafayette.
Sister Clare was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Leonard Cramer and one sister, Alberta Hebert. She is survived by five sisters: Angelina Gonthier of Crowley, LA, Barbara DuBose of Lake Charles, LA, Bernadette Guidry (Douglas), Theresa Doucet, and Loretta Boudreaux (Glen) of Rayne, LA; sister-in-law Catherine Cramer, two brothers: Anthony Cramer (Rena) and Michael Cramer (Yvonne) of Rayne, LA, and 36 nieces and nephews, 94 great-nieces and nephews and 25 great-great nieces and nephews. An 11:00 A.M. Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 22, 2020, with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery, Rayne, LA. Reverend Brent L. Smith, Pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rayne, will conduct graveside services. Martin and Castille Funeral Home, Lafayette, LA has been entrusted with her arrangements.
Sister Christina Marie Griggs, a Sister of Mount Carmel, died April 12, 2020 at St. Agnes Healthcare and Rehab Center in Breaux Bridge, LA. She was 91 years old and in the 73rdyear of her religious profession. Sister Chris was born Mary Geraldine Griggs on March 10, 1929 in New Orleans, LA to George Clifford Griggs of Shreveport, LA and Mary Isabelle Deshotel of Opelousas, LA. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Aug. 13, 1944, and received the habit of the Sisters of Mount Carmel Aug. 2, 1945. On Aug. 4, 1947 she made her first profession, and pronounced perpetual vows Aug. 3, 1950. She celebrated her 70th jubilee in 2017. Sister Chris graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Lafayette in 1946. She earned a Bachelors’ degree in Education from Loyola University, New Orleans in 1946 and a Masters of Education with a concentration in Home Economics from St. Louis University in Missouri in 1970. Sister Chris taught from 1947 to 1978 at parochial and Mount Carmel schools in Abbeville, New Iberia, Thibodaux, Westwego, LA and Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA. From 1979 – 1982 she served as religion coordinator for Cathedral-Carmel, Lafayette. She served as senior sisters’ coordinator at the Motherhouse in New Orleans, as Pastoral Associate at St. Joseph Church in Ville Platte, LA, Associate Provincial Directress of Lay Carmelites in Aylesford, IL and was Director of Programs at the Carmelite Spirituality Center, Lacombe, LA. Since 2010 she served as assistant in the care of the congregation’s elderly sisters in Carencro and Lafayette, visited the homebound, and was Spiritual Assistant to Lay Carmelites at St. Joseph’s in Rayne, LA until 2016 when she moved to Evangeline Oaks Guest House, Carencro, LA, and to Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home in Opelousas, LA. In 2017, until her death, she resided at St. Agnes Healthcare and Rehab Center in Breaux Bridge, LA. Sister Chris was selected as Outstanding Secondary Teacher in 1975 and received the Martin Luther King, Jr. award during her ministry in Ville Platte, LA. Sister Chris, the sixth of nine children, was preceded in death by her parents, George Clifford Griggs and Mary Isabelle Deshotel Griggs, sisters Lelia Annie Tanner and Stella Virginia Martin and three brothers Henry Octave Griggs, George C. Griggs, Jr. and Fred Ivy Griggs. She is survived by two sisters Shirley Rose Bailey of Lutz, FL. and Rita Catherine Lanier of Denham Springs, LA., one brother John Christopher Griggs (Cassie) of Walker, LA and brother-in-law James Martin (husband of Stella Virginia) of Cecilia, LA. Interment will be in the Sisters of Mount Carmel tomb at St. Joseph Cemetery, 401 S. Adams Avenue, Rayne, LA 70578. Members of the immediate family are invited. Father Eddie Martin, Sister Chris’ nephew from St. Aloysius Church, Baton Rouge, LA will preside at the interment services. Martin and Castille Funeral Home, Lafayette, LA is entrusted with her arrangements.
Sister Margaret Safford, O. Carm., a Sister of Mount Carmel died November 4, 2018, at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center, New Orleans, LA. She was 86 years old and in the 66th year of her religious profession.Sister Margaret, formerly Sister M. Sidney, was born Hilda Margaret Safford, on July 14, 1932 to James Clarence Safford of Montrose, PA and Hilda Levert of Mark, LA. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sept. 4, 1949, and received the habit of the Sisters of Mount Carmel on Aug. 3, 1950. On Aug. 4, 1952 she made her first profession, and pronounced perpetual vows Aug. 3, 1955. She celebrated her 60th Jubiliee in 2012. Sister attended Mount Carmel Elementary and High School in Lafayette, LA. She received a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education from Loyola University, New Orleans with General Science as her major field and a master’s degree in Education and a minor in Administration from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO and a second master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola, Chicago, IL. Her post graduate work included: Theology at St. Mary’s University and Regis College, Creativity and Contemplation at Notre Dame University, and Program for Spiritual Directors, Archdiocesan Spirituality Center, New Orleans, LA. Sister Margaret served for over 25 years in Catholic education teaching at Mount Carmel schools in Thibodaux, Abbeville, and New Orleans and at Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Westwego, LA, St. James Major, New Orleans, LA, and Vermillion Catholic, Abbeville, LA, where she was also principal from 1966-1977. She has also served as president and assistant to the president of the congregation, an adult educator at Hope House, manager and spiritual director of Blessing Place (now the Carmelite Spirituality Center) and pastoral minister at St. Margaret’s Daughter’s Nursing Home. In 2005 Sister Margaret returned to the Carmelite Sprituality Center as assistant to the director and served until 2015. Sister Margaret, the third of five children was preceded in death by her parents and her brother James Clarence Safford, Jr. She is survived by three sisters, Mary Lou Begnaud of Natchitoches, LA, Alice Robertson of Indialantic, FL, and Alma Yvonne “Bebe” Ebel, New Iberia, LA.
Sister Rose Marie Penouilh, O. Carm., a Sister of Mount Carmel, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center. She was 88 years old and in the 71st year of her religious profession. Sister Rose Marie born Betty Nell on Nov. 21, 1929 in New Orleans, LA was the first of five children born to the late Percy Antoine Penouilh of Matthews, LA and Arada Ruth Lea of Kentwood, LA. She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sept. 4, 1944 and received the habit of the Sisters of Mount Carmel on Aug. 2, 1945. On Aug. 4, 1947, she made her first profession, and pronounced perpetual vows Aug. 2, 1951. She celebrated her 70th Jubilee in 2017. Sister Rose Marie attended Jefferson Davis Elementary and Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, New Orleans, LA and a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision in 1955. She pursued post graduate work in science, physics, chemistry, math, guidance, library science and computers. Devoting 38 years to teaching in Catholic schools in Louisiana, Sister Rose Marie has taught at St. Dominic, New Orleans; Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Westwego, St. Joseph the Worker, Marrero; and E.D. White, Thibodaux. In addition to teaching she served as principal at St. Joseph the Worker, Marrero; Mount Carmel, New Iberia; and Vermillion Catholic High School, Abbeville, LA. She taught physics at Loyola University in 1965, was Principal of the Year in the Diocese of Lafayette in 1969 and received the 1990 Volunteer of the Year in St. Tammany Parish for her work with the Slidell Unit Boys Club. In 2012 she was honored with the Mount Carmel Academy Alumna of the Year Award. Sister Rose Marie served the congregation as Assistant General from 1973-1977, Congregation Secretary from 1985-1993, Congregation President from 1993-2001, and as Professional Development Coordinator at Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans, LA from 2001-2002. Since 2002 Sister Rose Marie served as an Administrative Assistant at Mount Carmel Academy and resided at the Motherhouse, New Orleans, LA. Sister Rose was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters: Ruth Penouilh, Barbara Davis, and Elaine Penouilh, and one brother: Percy “Sonny” Penouilh, Jr. She is survived by her brother-in-law Sidney Davis, from Alabama, and by nieces and nephews.