In Memoriam: Sister Mary Joanne Lusk, OSB

In Memoriam: Sister Mary Joanne Lusk, OSB

Funeral Live Stream

Monday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m.

Join us by live stream to celebrate Sister Mary Joanne Lusk's life on the St. Paul’s Monastery Facebook page: facebook.com/StPaulsMonastery/live/

Please note, the above link brings you to a page with all our Facebook live videos, including those previously recorded. You will not see the service live stream video on that page until it has begun. A full recording of the live stream will be available at the above link after the service has ended.

“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 March 22, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Monastery. Due to COVID-19, the service is restricted to the members of the Monastic community. Service of Christian burial will be live streamed on Facebook and linked on St. Paul's Monastery website. Interment Monastery Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Paul’s Monastery.

Community of St. Paul’s Monastery
Sisters, Oblates, and Benedictine Associates
Sister Catherine Nehotte, OSB, Prioress
St. Paul, Minnesota
Federation of St. Benedict