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Remembering Sister Paula Patrice Michaud, CSJ

 St. Louis Province

November 26, 1925 – March 16, 2023

Paula Patrice Michaud, CSJ

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Paula Patrice Michaud, who passed away on March 16, 2023 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 97 years of age.

Sister Paula Patrice, baptized Esther Jane, was born on November 26, 1925, in Loveland, Colorado, to parents Jay Ludger and Aurelie Mary (Orleans) Michaud. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1943 and was received into the novitiate in 1944. She received a bachelor’s degree in French/education from Fontbonne College in 1956 and a master’s degree in elementary education administration from the University of Colorado in 1972.

Sister Paula Patrice began her 75 years of service teaching at St. Matthew the Apostle in St. Louis for seven years. She then taught at Holy Cross Grade School in Champaign, Illinois, in the early 1950s.

In 1956, she began 10 years of beloved service in the Diocese of Honolulu. She taught at Christ the King Grade School on Maui, was principal and teacher at Holy Rosary Grade School on Maui, and taught at St. Anthony Grade School on Oahu.

After leaving Hawaii, Sister Paula Patrice served 16 years in Denver. She began teaching at St. Catherine of Siena Grade School, then was principal and teacher at St. Patrick Grade School, and finished her service in Denver as principal at St. Catherine of Siena Grade School.

In 1982, Sister Paula Patrice began 24 years of service in the Diocese of Tucson. She ended her ministry of education as principal at Our Mother of Sorrow Grade School in 1986 and began nearly 20 years in healthcare at St. Joseph Hospital in the medical library. She celebrated both her 50th and 60th jubilees in Tucson and remembers her time there fondly.

She retired to St. Louis in 2006 where she served in volunteer ministry for her CSJ community and was sacristan for the Perpetual Help Chapel in the Carondelet Motherhouse.

Since 2022, Sister Paula resided at Nazareth Living Center, where she carried out her ministry of prayer and presence.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899 or donate online.

Category: Obituaries

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