Sister Jeanne-Marie (Lise) Pearse
January 13, 1926 – October 8, 2017
Sister Jeanne-Marie, a native of Rochester, NY, attended Bryn Mawr and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. After college, while working as a teacher in an Episcopal boarding school for girls, she was baptized in the Episcopal Church. She began to feel called to monastic life through contact with the Society of Saint John the Evangelist in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in whose chapel she heard an inner voice saying, “You will be Sister Jeanne-Marie.”
In 1965, Sister Jeanne-Marie was received into the Roman Catholic Church at Mount Saviour Monastery in Elmira, New York, following which she went to France for formation as a novice, at the Benedictine monasteries of Poyanne, Jouarre and Vanves, with the intention of returning to the United States to continue her monastic life here. In 1979, she co-founded Transfiguration Monastery in Windsor, NY, together with Sister Mary Placid Deliard, originally of Poyanne, and Sister Mary Donald Corcoran, of St. Paul’s Monastery in Minnesota.
Sister Jeanne-Marie was very active in the Association of Contemplative Sisters and founded an organization called Contemplatives for Peace. She brought a graciousness to the monastery’s practice of hospitality and was a person of deep prayer.
In 2010, Sister Jeanne-Marie’s health declined to a point where needed 24/7 skilled nursing care, and in January 2011, she moved to the Holy Family Residence of the Little Sisters of the Poor in Scranton, PA, where she was lovingly cared for until her death. She is survived by her sister, Polly Gates, of Claremont, California, a niece and nephew, and her three religious sisters of Transfiguration Monastery.
Visitation will be in the Monastery chapel on October 12 from 4 to 7 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be on October 13 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Windsor. Memorial contributions may be made to Transfiguration Monastery,
701 New York Route 79, Windsor, NY, 13865