Jennifer Joan Nadeau, Sister Jennifer of Jesus, Order of Discalced Carmelites, passed away on Oct. 19, 2017, at St. Vincent De Paul Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Berlin, New Hampshire.
Sister Jennifer was born on June 26, 1956, to John E. Nadeau and Marceline A. Nadeau in Lancaster, N.H. She attended Lancaster Elementary and White Mountain Regional High School, from which she graduated as Valedictorian in 1974. In 1978 she graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a B.A. in English Literature. Before discerning her vocation as a Carmelite Religious, Jen first worked in the publishing field at The Courier Press in Littleton, N.H., and Little, Brown and Company in Boston, Mass. She later worked in the computer software industry for the Lotus Development Corporation in Boston, Mass.
Sister Jennifer made her First Profession as a Discalced Carmelite on Oct. 15, 1996, and her Solemn Profession on Oct. 16, 1999. On May 13, 2005, Sister Jennifer received permission from Sean Patrick O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, now Cardinal O’Malley, to live her religious vocation as a hermit. In the years that followed Sister Jennifer followed the teachings of Saint Theresa of Avila as she lived out her calling in New England and elsewhere.
Jen leaves behind her father and mother, John E. Nadeau and Marceline A. Nadeau (nee Mayo); her seven siblings and their spouses: Marcia and Aquila Chase of Newmarket, N.H.; Monica and Craig Williams of Glen Allen, Va.; John J. and Elizabeth Nadeau of Bradford, Vt.; Gregory and Rebecca Nadeau of North Stratford, N.H.; Rosemary and Ronald Rancourt of Lancaster, N.H.; Nathan and Julie Nadeau of Waterford, Vt.; and Andrew and Jeanne Nadeau of Lancaster. She also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and benefactors.
In her life on earth, Sister Jennifer of Jesus embodied the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity and the precepts of the Carmelite Order in all the activities of daily living. She faced the cancer that ended her earthly life courageously and peacefully with “complete confidence in the goodness of God.”
Sister Jennifer’s calling hours will be at the Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster, N.H., from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated by Father Matt Mason at All Saints Church in Lancaster, N.H., on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Pathway Pregnancy Care Center, 593 Sullivan Street, Berlin NH 03570.
Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.