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Sister Jean Erickson, F.M.A.

Salesian Sisters (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians)

I always wanted to be a Sister since second grade.  I would go home from school and play school, with a scarf tied on my head, to be like the Sisters who taught me – the Sisters of St. Louis, King of France.  My teachers were:

2nd grade Sister Mary Nicholas
3rd grade Sister Mary Concord
4th grade Sister Mary Thomasina
5th grade Mrs. Allen
6th grade Sister Marguerite Marie
7th grade Sister Mary Campion
8th grade Sister Mary Martin

The principal at that time was Sister Mary Calista.

I belonged to the sodality in 7th and 8th grade and was picked to crown Our Lady in the month of May. I also received Confirmation that year. All these events were moments of grace for me and I asked God to show me what He wanted me to do.

My brother, Michael, and I would not be going to St. Anthony’s in Long Beach, but to Huntington Beach High. When we went to look at the school, I just knew I would not be there.

That summer my brother went to a camp run by the Salesian Priests and Brothers. He returned home with an invitation for a girl’s retreat. I attend it and found out I could start studying to be a Sister right after 8th grade. So I attended high school with a number of other girls who wanted to become Sisters. Eventually I became a postulant and a novice in New Jersey. As a Salesian Sister I have taught in many different grammar schools in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Louisiana and California.

St. John Bosco, our founder, had a method of education based on reason, religion and loving-kindness. We work among the young people, creating a family atmosphere in our schools, religious education programs, youth centers and summer camps.