Sr. Michelle Loisel, D.C., “St. Louise: A Leader for Our Time”
Date: March 15, 2022Location: D’Angelo Center, Room 416BTime:Session 1: 11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.Session 2: 1–2 p.m.
Every year, St. John’s University administrators and staff are invited to spend their lunch hour celebrating the life of St. Louise de Marillac by learning from various keynote speakers.
This year’s presentation, “St. Louise: A Leader for Our Time,” featured Sr. Michelle Loisel, D.C., and included a discussion with participants. Her presentation focused on who Louise was as a person—a woman of action, a patron of social workers, and, ultimately, a woman of our time.
Sr. Loisel is a member of the Daughters of Charity; for many years, she has been an advocate and activist on issues affecting the well-being of individuals, including women trafficked for sex. Sr. Loisel has served in a variety of ways: in the health, spiritual care and education fields, in women’s rights promotion, and by focusing on children’s issues. She has also worked for justice for those denied basic human rights.
Sr. Loisel was a nurse for many years, serving in Africa, Haiti, India, and the Middle East, as well as in other war-torn countries. Presently she is the nongovernmental organization representative for the Daughters of Charity at the United Nations. She sees Louise de Marillac, her foundress, as a mentor.