Sister Jean Liston 60th Jubilee

Sister Jean (Anne Louise) Liston, GNSH

Jean, one of five Liston children, was born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts. She entered the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart in 1958. Like many Grey Nuns of that time, she was missioned to teach in parish schools that were administered by the Congregation.

Sister Sheila Stone and Sister Jean Liston at the migrant camp in Albion, NY

Her leadership abilities were evidenced early on and she was made principal of schools in Buffalo, New York and Atlanta, Georgia

Christ the King School in Atlanta, GA was named a National School of Excellence under Sister Jean's leadership

Her philosophy of education is that each child should receive the best Catholic education in a warm, loving environment. “Every child is important. Every child can take delight in learning and every child can succeed.”

Pope John Paul II greets Sister Jean Liston, then Superior General of the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart Congregation at the canonization of St. Marguerite d'Youville.

Sister Jean served as Superior General for the Congregation for ten years from 1988-1998. A highlight of those years was the canonization of the foundress, Marguerite d'Youville.

Sister Jean's journey as an anti-death penalty activist began when a former student was tried for murder, faced the death penalty, but was given life with the possibility of parole. In 2009, she was honored by the YWCA of Buck’s County Salute to Women Who Make a Difference for her advocacy against the death penalty and the many outreach ministries she developed as part of her work as Director of Pastoral Services for St. Andrew's Parish in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

“Who we are as persons comes across from what we do and what we say and of the person we are inside. How we treat people, how we act, how we strive to come closer to the Lord and bring others to Him is what is important.”

Today, Sister Jean Liston remains an advocate against the death penalty and other forms of injustice, a person fully engaged in the world and the people around her.

Thank you, Sister Jean for being a devoted daughter of St. Marguerite d'Youville!

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