Sister Bertrand Lieux CSJ, a Sister of St. Joseph for 72 years, passed away at Mount St. Mary Convent in Wichita, Kansas, on Tuesday, April 9 at the age of 88. Sister Bertrand was born in New Roads, one of 11 children of the late Joseph Bertrand Lieux Sr. and Frances Azema Lorio Lieux. Baptized Rita Ann, Sister Bertrand is survived by siblings Magda Lieux Bonnette and Ralph Lorio Lieux (Ellen) and four sisters-in-law: Meredith Lieux, Laverne Lieux, Shirley Lieux and M. Alice Lieux. 

She was preceded in death by brothers Joseph Bertrand Jr., Charles Jerome, John Albin, J. Edward, Theodore (Ted) Richard, and sisters M. Lucille L. Roy, Frances L. Dabadie, Sister Beth Lieux CSJ. and brothers-in-law Francis Eugene Roy, J. Levy Dabadie Jr. and Charles Bonnette. She is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces. 

Sister Bertrand graduated from St. Joseph Academy in New Roads and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1947, professing perpetual vows in 1952. She attended Loyola University in New Orleans and received a B.S. in Secondary Education, a masters in Hospital Business Administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio and an M.A. in Spirituality at the University of San Francisco. 

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Sister Bertrand Lieux CSJ

 

Sister Bertrand began teaching at St. Rose de Lima School in New Orleans in 1949, taught and was principal at Sacred Heart School in Grand Coteau and at St. Rita School in Harahan. 

She returned to New Orleans to teach at St. Ann School and St. Frances Cabrini where she was principal from 1958 to 1962. She was appointed principal and superior of Sacred Heart School and Convent in Norco. Sister Bertrand spent a year at Mercy Medical Center in Philadelphia for certification in hospital administration prior to being appointed assistant administrator and personnel director at Terrebonne General Hospital in Houma. 

She was appointed administrator at Terrebonne General from 1968 to 1974 and social service director until 1976. In August 1976 Sister Bertrand was appointed provincial of the New Orleans Province of the Sisters of St. Joseph and served for six years. 

In 1982-83 she conducted directed retreats at the Jesuit Spirituality Center in Grand Coteau. The following year she worked in community development for Associated Catholic Charities in New Orleans. 

Her next six years were spent as vocation development coordinator for the New Orleans Region of the Sisters of St. Joseph. After one year as Executive Director of Development for the order in the south, she moved to Cincinnati and, until 2007, was Executive Director of Development for the Sisters of St. Joseph Medaille. 

She assisted on the mission advancement team at St. Joseph’s Academy in Baton Rouge until she retired in 2012, when health needs dictated her move to Mount St. Mary Convent. 

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 15 at Mount St. Mary Convent. Burial was in the convent cemetery. 

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary of False River Church in New Roads at a later date. 

Memorial donations may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph at 3134 Hundred Oaks Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.