Sister Catherine Martin, O. Carm. returned to God October 15, 2020. She was 85 years old and in the 68th year of her religious profession. Sister Catherine Martin, O. Carm., formerly Sister Mary Anthony, was born in Lafayette and is the 5th of 5 children of the late Albert Anthony Martin of Paulina, LA and Mattie Mary LeBlanc of Smoke Bend, LA. She entered Carmel in 1949 and professed first vows in 1952. She celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2012. Sister Catherine attended Mount Carmel Elementary, Lafayette and Mount Carmel High School, New Orleans. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Loyola, New Orleans, LA. Sister Catherine did post graduate work at Nicholls University, Thibodaux, LA, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, University of Southwestern Louisiana (now ULL), Lafayette, LA and took a photography correspondence course through the New York Institute of Photography. Sister taught at elementary schools in New Orleans, Lafayette, Marrero, Rayne and Westwego. She also taught art and prayer for over 20 years to adults in Lacombe and beyond and to children in summer programs in Lacombe. Many of her works were commissioned by family, friends and the Congregation. Many of her artistic renditions graced Congregation publications, jubilee and funeral programs. For many years, she was commissioned to create and draw the Congregation General Chapter symbol representing the theme of each Chapter. Art awards were presented to her for Exceptional Draftsmanship for Mother Teresa Original Drawing, Lacombe Chamber of Commerce and Acrylic Icon Michael Archangel, Northshore Art Exhibit at the Heart Hospital, Lacombe, LA. She served the Congregation as affiliate directress, temporary professed directress, vocation co-directress, was a council member from 1989 to 1997, Assistant to the President from 1993-1997 and Development Director from 2012-2013. Sister Catherine resided in Lafayette where she continued her art ministry and served as mission effectiveness representative at St. Joseph the Worker, Marrero while caring for her brother Joseph. She served as Spiritual Assistant to Lay Carmelites in Lacombe and on the Northshore. She retired in 2016 but remained active in her art ministry. From 2018 until her death she resided at Chateau de Notre Dame in New Orleans, LA. Sister Catherine was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Joseph Albert Martin and Calvin Raymond Martin. She is survived by two sisters: Shirley Jaubert of Lafayette, LA and Joan “Cookie” Domingue of Lafayette, LA and nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held October 23, 2020 at 10:00 AM at St. Rita Catholic Church, 2729 Lowerline Street, New Orleans, LA 70125 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at St. Louis Cemetery #3. Father Douglas Doussan will preside. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, please practice social distancing and wear a mask.
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