Sr. Bartholomew, former St. James principal

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Sister of Mount Carmel Bartholomew “B” DeRouen, a teacher for many years and former principal of St. James Major School, died June 15 at Evangeline Oaks Guest House in Carencro, Louisiana. She was 81 and had served for 61 years in religious life.

Sister Bartholomew, whose birth name was Glee Margaret DeRouen, was a native of New Orleans. She was the daughter of Arthur DeRouen and Lucille Margaret Reaney of New Orleans.

She entered the Congregation of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Sept. 8, 1952, and received the habit on Aug. 3, 1953. She made her first profession on Aug. 3, 1955, and pronounced perpetual vows on Aug. 5, 1960.

Sister Bartholomew attended Lakeside Elementary and St. Dominic schools and graduated from Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans. At St. Louis University, she received both her B.S. in English, with a minor in education and philosophy, and an M. Ed. in education. She did post-graduate work in various areas of religious education at St. Mary of the Plains College, Boston College and Creighton University.

Devoting almost 20 years to education, she taught at Mount Carmel schools in Abbeville, New Orleans and New Iberia and at St. James Major in New Orleans, where she served as principal from 1966-69.

She worked in campus ministry at McNeese State University and LSU in Eunice; in pastoral and retreat work at St. Joseph Church in Rayne; and as a family counselor in Lafayette. She directed retreats for priests, religious and the laity and served as a spiritual director.
She wrote poetry, music and lyrics, and contributed a column in the Clarion Herald. From 1985-93 she served as congregation councilor of the Sisters of Mount Carmel. She worked as coordinator of spirituality at Maryville Renewal Center from 1994-97 and as a pastoral worker at St. Genevieve Church from 1997-2013.

After retirement in 2013, Sister Bartholomew continued to write poetry and published “Glory to Glory” in 2011 while in residence at Evangeline Oaks Guest House, where she died after a lengthy illness.

Sister Bartholomew is survived by her sister Phyllis Carnilla of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. A Memorial Mass was celebrated June 18 at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Lafayette. Because Sister Bartholomew donated her body to science, interment will be at a later date in St. Louis No. 3 Cemetery in New Orleans.

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