Sisterly Love

Loading gallery...
  • 140405_SrLouise02_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Sister Louise Laroche danced with CC Hanneman before LarocheÕs first-grade religion class at Holy Family School on Jan 28. Laroche dressed in her habit for Era Day during Catholic Schools Week to teach her students about the traditions behind being a Sister of St. Benedict. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise04_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Laroche prayed with her fellow Sisters of St. Benedict at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand on the evening of Jan. 29. Multiple sisters pray together twice daily, either at the monastery or in the prayer room of LarocheÕs home in Jasper. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise01_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Wes Eckman, left, Sister Louise Laroche, Sierra Shelton and Whitney Recker huddled with the rest of the first grade about a song they wanted to sing during religion class at Holy Family School in Jasper on March 20. Laroche is one of two Sisters of St. Benedict teaching at Holy Family, where sheÕs worked since 1987. Laroche often uses her knowledge and experience to guide her students through academic and personal struggles. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise08_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Sister Louise led her eighth-grade religion class through a guided meditation prayer March 20 at Holy Family School. She likes to show her students there are many ways to pray. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise03_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Sister Louise spoke with kindergarten student Kaiden Schmidt during lunch at Holy Family on Feb. 19. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise05_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Sister Louise served the Eucharist to a fellow Holy Family School teacher during weekday Mass with students March 14. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise09_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Sister Louise spoke to eighth-graders Erin Lyons, left, and Katey Bell about their class work during religion class Jan. 28 at Holy Family School. For Era Day as part of Catholic Schools Week, Sister Louise dressed in a habit to teach students about the traditions of being a Sister of St. Benedict. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise10_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Sister Louise Laroche made the sign language hand signal for ÒI love youÓ to the students on the Holy Family at the end of the school day on Feb. 19. Nearly every day, Laroche walks students to the bus and sees them off with the same hand signal. Many return the sign to Laroche as the bus pulls away. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise07_CVH.JPG
    Show Captions

    Sister Gail Hamilton, left, and Sister Rose Mary Rexing listened as Sister Louise led the Liturgy of the Hours prayer in their Jasper home March 11. The property, a former convent, is home to Laroche and four of her fellow Sisters of St. Benedict. Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald

  • 140405_SrLouise06_CVH 2.JPG
    Show Captions

    Holy Family School fifth-graders Elizabeth Hasenour, left, Emily Rennie and Camille Aders skated with Sister Louise during a Catholic Schools Week function Jan. 29 at the Skate Palace in Jasper. When a student asked Sister Louise if she could skate, her reply was both humourous and direct: ÒIs the Pope Catholic? Of course I can skate!Ó Carolyn Van Houten/The Herald