Sister Jane Aucoin, 91, had varied ministries

Sister of St. Joseph Jane Aucoin (formerly Sister Mary Aloysius), a native of Baton Rouge who served for 74 years in religious life, died Nov. 2 at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas. She was 91.

Sister Jane entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans after graduating from St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge in 1944. She professed first vows in 1946 and made her final profession in 1949.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Loyola University New Orleans and a master’s in theology from the University of Notre Dame. She did further study in high school administration, creation-centered spirituality and Spanish.

Sister Jane served for 10 years as a teacher and administrator in parochial schools in New Orleans, including Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Rose de Lima and St. Frances Cabrini, and three years at St. Joseph Academy. She also ministered one year at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge and four years at St. Ignatius School in Grand Coteau.

From 1968-76, she served the congregation as the American assistant to the superior general in France. On her return to the U.S., Sister Jane served in various capacities in religious education and pastoral ministry at Our Lady of Divine Providence in Metairie, then in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. 

From 1990-99,  Sister Jane taught adult education at St. Paul Center in Baton Rouge. 

For the next 13 years, she worked on the congregational archives. She retired in 2009 and moved in 2014 to Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Nov. 17 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Baton Rouge. Memorial contributions in Sister Jane’s name may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph at 3134 Hundred Oaks Ave., Baton Rouge, LA 70808.

She is survived by two half-brothers, E.J. Morris III of Kingwood, Texas, and William Morris of Galveston, Texas.

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