On Thursday, 10 March, the Cluny School will welcome to Newport the Superior General of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Sr. Claire Houareau, who is visiting North America from France. She will be accompanied by  Sr. Luke Parker, SJC, Superior of the Province of the United States and Canada of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, who resides year round on Aquidneck Island.

Sr. Claire will be the guest of honor at a school assembly and reception, where she will have the opportunity to meet students, faculty, parents and members of the Board of Directors. She will tour the classrooms and attend lunch with William Lippe, Head of School.

In the evening, Sr. Claire will attend the debut performance of the musical, Seussical Jr!, featuring 40 student actors and a beautifully crafted set design.

Sister Claire was born in the Seychelles Islands and is fluent in both English and French.  She is a nurse by profession and did her nurse’s training in Ireland. She was elected to the top post of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny in 2012 and resides in the order’s global headquarters, or Motherhouse, in Paris, France.

The Superior General is required to visit the different provinces of International Missionary Congregation and experience how the sisters live and the ministries in which they serve. Her itinerary in North American includes visits to Westfield, NJ, San Pedro, CA, Norwich, CT and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. During her visit to Newport and Middletown, Rhode Island, Sr. Claire will consociate with several Cluny sisters living on Aquidneck Island.

On 2 April, Sr. Claire will travel to the French islands of St. Pierre & Miquelon, located on the east coast of Canada, before returning to the Motherhouse in Paris. The Cluny community in Newport and Middletown looks forward to her visit, welcoming her with great joy and prayers for safe travels across the globe.

Featured photo: Sr. Claire Houareau, SJC, at left, and Sr. Luke Parker, SJC, will visit Cluny School on Thursday, 10 March.

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