Sister Celia DeLoera welcomed in St. Louis

Sister Celia DeLoera is in St. Louis learning English, after having recently completed her mission as Province Leader of the Mexico North Province. We welcome her.

Sister Celia recently completed her mission as Province Leader of the Mexico North Province, and will await a new assignment in her province when she finishes English classes in the U.S. Sister Celia is enrolled in English Language School courses at the University of Missouri St. Louis near the Province Center. She will be a student there through September, 2015.

The Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America has been hosting international students since 2009. The Province started accepting international students when English became one of the link languages of the Good Shepherd Congregation (French and Spanish are the other link languages). Sisters from countries throughout the world were put into committees to prepare for the Congregational Chapter and needed to know how to speak to one another in one of the link languages. English became especially important for international Sisters to learn when it became the universal language of the internet due to the economical and political importance of English-speaking countries.  

International students participate in daily American life while living in the convent during their stay at the Province of Mid-North America. They use their English-speaking skills when serving in leadership positions after returning to their local communities.

To learn more about what’s happening in the Province of Mid-North America, please read our monthly newsletter Items of Interest. Please visit our congregational website to learn more about Sisters of the Good Shepherd in other parts of the world.

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette McDermott

Jeanette is the Communications Coordinator for Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. She is a career photojournalist who has served in various capacities of print, broadcast, and corporate communications. Jeanette is devoted to creation and is particularly focused on saving pollinators and other wildlife species and their habitat. She is an ethical vegan and created the website