About Sister Madeleine

My name is Sister Madeleine, and I am a religious sister at the Community of Jesus in Orleans on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where I have lived since 1987.

I began my love for other cultures in a sandbox trying to dig to China and gazing at the moon and wondering who else could see it. God has given me the privilege of going to many of those places I had only dreamed about. A college study year in Paris in 1965 gave me a love for and understanding of other cultures and other peoples that has lasted throughout and enriched my whole life. I turned twenty that year and by then had visited twenty different countries including behind the then Iron Curtain. My college major was International Politics.

As a lifelong, now fifty-year high school teacher, I traveled, taught and lived overseas in Canada, Europe, South and Central America and Asia and Africa. My students often asked, “How many countries have you been to?” I always responded, “How many have I not been to?” So I am blessed to continue my love for other cultures at an International Benedictine monastery in Bruges, Belgium where we speak alternately three languages a day in the sisterhood, and where the 2,000 per day tourists to the Béguinage come from all over the world.


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  1. Sister Madeleine,

    I just received your Christmas letter in the mail. It always brings a smile to my face when I read about your adventures. I would love to come visit you in Belgium but that will probably not happen anytime soon.

    Chloe is in 3rd grade now. It’s hard to believe. She still loves to read and write. She is also playing in the bell choir at church. We are going to a new church that we all seem to like. We joined a small group and are getting to know people.

    I’m still teaching preschool music three days a week. It’s the perfect job for me at this point in my life. I teach 10 classes of 3,4 and 5 year olds and two toddler classes. My youngest student is 2 1/2. Have you ever taught a child that young? I really enjoy it. I’m also very involved at Chloe’s school as the PTA President this year. It’s going well. I started a new program called “The Family Book Club”. We are currently reading “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. I’m hoping a lot of families will decide to read the book together.

    The sun is setting as I write this and it’s just a little after 5:00pm. I am not a fan of short days, cold days.
    I hope you have a wonderful Christmas in Belgium and thanks for sending the Christmas card.



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