Sister Jeanne Ellen Niehaus

Hometown: Ferdinand, Indiana

Testimonial Quote: My community has provided me with a second family as well as many friends plus an opportunity to share my gifts, talents, and passions with men, women, and children of all ages and races.

Entrance Date: August 8, 1966

First Profession Date: June 8, 1968

Perpetual Profession Date: August 7, 1971

Position: Social Services Coordinator

Educational Background:
• Grade school and high school, Ferdinand, IN
• St. Benedict College, Ferdinand, IN
• Master’s degree in Education, Terre Haute, IN
• Master’s degree in Counseling, IU, New Albany, IN

Work Background:
• Elementary School Teacher
• Maintenance/Housekeeping supervisor
• Drug and Alcohol Education/Counseling/Social Worker with homeless men
• Social Services Coordinator, St. John Center for Homeless Men

Present Ministry: Switchboard & Front Desk Receptionist at Monastery

Other Interests: Movies, walking, sudoku, camping, basketball, and organizing the office pool for sporting events.

What attracted me to this community: When I attended college classes at St. Benedict College, many of my classmates were young sisters in the community. I began to notice their way of life and was drawn to it.