Sister Mary Joanne Lusk

“May Christ Bring Us All Together To Everlasting Life” - Rule of St. Benedict, Chapter 72

Sister Mary Joanne Lusk was born on August 15, 1933, to Joseph and Ann (Bilek) in New Prague, Minnesota, the eldest daughter in a family of two children.
Her younger brother, John, died shortly after birth. She was baptized and confirmed at Holy Redeemer Parish in Montgomery, MN.
In 1951, she entered the scholasticate at St. Paul’s Priory. She entered the novitiate on June 16, 1952, and made her First Profession of Vows on December 19, 1953. She was given the name Gertrude and later returned to the name of Mary Joanne (in honor of her father, Joseph, and her mother, Ann).
She attended the College of St. Catherine, earning a BA degree in Elementary Education and Sociology in 1961. Her teaching career spanned 56 years. She taught elementary school at St. Bernard’s, St. Paul; Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Paul; St. Anne’s, Minneapolis; St. Boniface, St. Bonifacius; and finally at her home parish of Holy Redeemer in Montgomery where she also served in pastoral ministry.
She is fondly remembered by her students and former co-workers for her loving disposition and kindness.
Sister Mary Joanne was afflicted with partial loss of her eyesight in retirement, but she always had a clear focus on the face of Jesus and radiant love for her Risen Savior.
Sister Mary Joanne passed away on March 17, 2021, at the age of 87, having lived as a professed Benedictine for 67 years.
She is survived by her Benedictine Sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, Oblates, Associates, cousins and friends. May Jesus welcome her to her eternal home.
Service of Christian Burial was held on March 22, 2021, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery. Due to COVID-19, the service was restricted to the members of the Monastic community. The service of Christian burial was live-streamed on Facebook and linked on St. Paul’s Monastery website for later viewing.
Interment was held at the Monastery Cemetery.
Memorials preferred to St. Paul’s Monastery.


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