Our beloved Sr. Jeanne Fielder CND went home to her God that she served so well on the morning of Saturday, September 12, 2020 after a prolonged battle with cancer.
The Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School Community was blessed by her presence for over a quarter century where she taught as the last Religious member of the school faculty until her retirement two years ago.
Sister’s commanding personality always stood in contrast to her diminutive physical appearance. It was not uncommon to pass by her classroom and witness the 4’ 11” Sr. Jeanne commanding the attention of a classroom full of sophomores, listening, and hanging on her every word. She was our beloved “little nun” who loved God, her students, family, and friends, and the occasional piece of chocolate.
It is difficult to put into words what Sr. Jeanne meant to our students, faculty, and staff alike. She would counsel teachers going through difficult times over a cup of tea in her tiny apartment. Her relationships with students lasted long beyond their physical departure from Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons where she remained a constant source of love and support.
Sister lived the charisms of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of her beloved Congregation of Notre Dame, and taught her students to rely faithfully on God.
One student remembered “Sister reminded us to ask God to help us be the best people we can be just for today. Any other period of time is too overwhelming. Take things one step at a time, be the best you can be just for today and do it again tomorrow.” In these times of uncertainty, I’m sure Sister would want us to continue praying these words daily.
Sister Jeanne Fielder’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, September 17, 2020 at St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish Church at 9:30am. While the funeral Mass is invitation only due to social distancing concerns, we are looking at ways to livestream the Mass and will report this information shortly.