REST IN PEACE, SR. JEAN!
Jean Marie Iadevito was born on January 27, 1940, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Joseph Iadevito and Mafalda Baccala. She entered eternity on August 14, 2016, after 76 years on earth. A memorial was celebrated for her at the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet Motherhouse, her final home.
She had joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1961, receiving her bachelor’s degree in Art & English from Fontbonne College (St. Louis), in 1966. Two Masters degrees followed: one in Art from Notre Dame (Indiana), in 1971, and one in Creation Spirituality from Holy Names College (California), in 1979.
Sister Jean’s first ministry (1966-1968) was at St. Mary on the Hill Grade School (Augusta, Georgia). For the next 20 years (1968-88), she taught at high schools: the Academy of Our Lady (Peoria, Illinois), St. Thomas Aquinas High School (St. Louis), and at St. Teresa’s Academy (Kansas City). Her name at the time was Sr. John Christine.
In 1989, while at Holy Names College, she began to combine her artistic and creative talents with her ministries. She then spent the next 20 years honing her abilities as an artist with the St. Joseph Novitiate Community in Denver, Colorado.
From 1991 to 2011, she worked with adults challenged with mental illness at CHARG Resource Center (Denver). Her contributions ranged from the artistic to the culinary. TUESDAY LUNCH w/ Sr. Jean was a very popular day at CHARG! Her knack for feeding the multitudes carried over into holiday meals and other special occassions. “It is all prayer!” was a favorite quote. While in Denver, she also worked with women experiencing homelessness at the Gathering Place.
Over the years, her work in adult education spanned from teacher to artist to GED coordinator to client advocate, a job title she cherished. Among her favorite possessions was a collection of silk ties from her brother, which she left behind in Denver. For the last two years of her life, Sr. Jean served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Nazareth Living Center (St. Louis).
Sister Jean enjoyed travel, having been to Chile as well as Europe numerous times as an adult moderator. She loved to chat, to explain things, and had time for everyone.
Special recognitions included: the Rocky Mountain National Watermedia Exhibit, Brass Cheque Award (1991), the Colorado Watermedia Show, Award Winner (1993, 1994), the Del Corazon Award-AZTECA de Greater Kansas City (1991), and the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless-Mitch Snyder Memorial Advocacy Award (2000). She is pictured below holding a certificate of appreciation from CHARG.