Jean Baptiste DiLuzio, SSJ

Jean Baptiste DiLuzio, SSJ, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from Holy Rosary Parish in Erie.  She currently ministers in the development and communications offices of her congregation. Her work in the ministry of education has included teaching at Blessed Sacrament School, St. Agatha High School, Meadville; St. Leo High School, Ridgway; and Cathedral Preparatory School for 25 years and where in 1994, she was inducted to the Cathedral Preparatory School Hall of Fame. She also served in administration at Villa Maria College. She served her congregation as executive secretary-treasurer, treasurer, on its council, formation team, and board of directors. Sister Jean Baptiste also served as an auditor in the Diocese of Erie Office of the Tribunal for 30 years and, in 1996, she was awarded the Papal Cross “Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice” by Pope John Paul II. She served on various boards in the community including the Villa Maria College, Saint Mary’s Home of Erie, Cathedral Preparatory School, Harborcreek Youth Services, and Catholic Social Services.  She also served on the Erie Diocese cemetery board and priests’ retirement board.  She also volunteered for Harborcreek Youth Services, Cathedral Preparatory School, and the Spanish Apostolate. She received a bachelor’s degree from Villa Maria College and a graduate degree in Spanish literature from Case Western Reserve University.  She says her call to religious life was nurtured by the simple faith of her immigrant parents and years of example and encouragement of the Sisters of St. Joseph who taught her.