Sister Jane Ann Breen will make her perpetual monastic profession as a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, on Saturday, July 8, at 1 p.m. (EDT) in Monastery Immaculate Conception Church in Ferdinand. Bishop Charles C. Thompson, Archbishop-designate of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, will preside at the Mass. The public is invited to the Mass and a reception following the ceremony.
Sister Jane Ann, 70, from Indianapolis, is the daughter of Joseph and Rose Marie Breen. She has two brothers and two sisters. She has a bachelor’s degree in history, with a minor in sociology, from St. Benedict College and a master’s degree in sociology, with a minor in American history, from Ball State University.
Sister Jane Ann initially entered the monastery in 1968 and was a member of the community until 2003. During that time, Sister Jane Ann taught at Academy Immaculate Conception, which became Marian Heights Academy, in Ferdinand, and at Mater Dei High School in Evansville. She also served as principal at Marian Heights Academy and at Shawe Memorial Junior/Senior High School in Madison, Indiana.
Between 2003 and 2014, Sister Jane Ann taught at Ivy Tech and Oakland City University, tutored for Purdue University, and served as a Red Cross instructor.
After re-entering the monastery in 2014, she served as a tutor for the Guadalupe Center. She currently tutors students at the monastery and serves in the altar bread ministry.
Founded in 1867, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand currently number 144 and serve in areas of education, parish work, health care, retreat and spirituality work, social services, and counseling in Indiana, Kentucky, and Peru.