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2018 Jubilarians: Order of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptoristines) (OSSR)

Sister Joan Elizabeth Calver; Sister Alice Gertrude Haslag

65th profession

Sister Joan Elizabeth Calver


Birthplace: Maynooth, Ontario, Canada

First profession: 1953

Service in the archdiocese: Traveled from Barbie, Ontario, to found convent in Liguori, 1960

Throughout the years she has served the community in a number of ways, including formator, prioress, organist, bursar and seamstress.

Service outside the archdiocese: In 1980, Sister was missioned to a new foundation in Legaspi, Philippines, for a number of years. She has served as one of the English-speaking representatives on their International Service Board. While Sister Joan remains a member of the Liguori community, she is presently missioned on the new foundation in Thailand.

About Sister Joan Elizabeth Calver: Sister Joan enjoys gardening, especially working with roses. She spends her life ministering to others in Liguori and beyond by her contemplative life of prayer, sacrifice and intercession for the needs of the Church, the people of the archdiocese and the world.

70th profession

Sister Alice Gertrude Haslag


Birthplace: Loose Creek, Mo.

Entrance: 1946

First profession: 1948

Education: Physical therapy degree from Saint Louis University

Doctorate in physiology from St. Louis School of Medicine

Service in the archdiocese: Entered the Sisters of St. Mary in St. Louis and professed vows on June 5, 1946.

Ministered to patients at Desloge Hospital in St. Louis

Taught physiology at St. Louis School of Medicine

While on a sabbatical renewal program after Vatican II, she spoke to Father Raymond Miller, CSSR, about following a call to the contemplative life and was introduced to the Redemptoristine Nuns.

In October of 1968, she transferred to the Redemptoristine monastery at Liguori and made solemn vows in 1970.

Life of prayer, in residence at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka

Service outside the archdiocese: She was chosen to be one of the foundresses for the South African Foundation, July 1999 until closure

About Sister Alice Gertrude Haslag: She used her previous training in the medical field to help the sisters in many ways. She was a formator, infirmarian and seamstress at the Liguori monastery. Her quiet presence reflected a deep spirit of prayer. She was a woman of great compassion, be it for the oppressed under South African apartheid, or the patients or her own sisters in community who were suffering.

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