Sister Mary John Hotard, a Sister of St. Joseph for 76 years, passed away at Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care in New Orleans, LA on March 30, 2020 at age 93. She was born in Union, LA, one of eight children of the late Sidney Joseph and Olympe Chauvin Hotard. She was baptized Marie Francoise Therese. She is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Hotard Prosperie and Rita Ann Hotard Prosperie, her niece, Adele Labatut Miles, and close friend and colleague, Rev. Doug Doussan. She was pre-deceased by a sister, Marie Hotard Labatut and four brothers - John Peter, Sidney, Joseph and Leo. Sister Mary John graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in New Roads and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in New Orleans in 1944. She professed first vows in 1946 and perpetual vows in 1949. She graduated from Our Lady of Cincinnati in Education in 1958 and Loyola University New Orleans in 1967 with a Masters in Guidance and Counseling. She pursued further courses at Nicholls State University for certification in educational administration. Sister Mary John ministered faithfully in Catholic elementary education for 22 years as a teacher at St. Rose of Lima (New Orleans), St. Thomas More and Guardian Angels (Cincinnati, OH) and St. Frances Cabrini (New Orleans). She served as principal at Sacred Heart School in Morgan City (LA) and at St. Joseph the Worker School in Marrero, LA where she also ministered in parish ministry and religious education. From 1980 to 1986 she was Development Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph in the Province of New Orleans followed by nine years in parish ministry at Holy Rosary Parish in St. Amant, LA and three years at St. Jean Vianney Parish in Baton Rouge, LA. She retired in Baton Rouge in 2008 and moved to St. Clare Manor and then to Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care in 2014 where she continued her ministry of prayer. Burial will be private. A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Donations in memory of Sister Mary John may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 3134 Hundred Oaks Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 or to a charity of your choice. Jacob Schoen & Son in charge of the arrangements. To view and sign the family guestbook, please go to www.schoenfh.com.
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Published in The Advocate from Apr. 4 to Apr. 5, 2020.