Sr. Noella Raymond

June 15, 1922 – November 10, 2007

Sister Noëlla Raymond (Sr. Pierre-de-la-Croix) entered Eternal Life on Saturday, November 10, 2007, at Taché Centre, St. Boniface. To mourn her passing, she leaves her sisters in religion, a cousin, Jacqueline Woodley among other relatives, and many good friends. Sister was predeceased by her parents, William and Alice (Gagnon) Raymond, and her brother, Father Pierre.

Born in St. Boniface on June 15, 1922, Noëlla was the older of two children. She received her schooling as well as her musical education at St. Joseph’s Academy. On July 24, 1941, Noëlla entered the novitiate of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Outremont, Quebec. Sister Pierre-de-la-Croix made profession on August 24, 1943, and her final commitment on August 5, 1948. From 1943 to 1947, while pursuing her studies in music, she taught music at St. Sauveur des Monts and at the Pensionnat d’Outremont, Quebec.

In 1947, Sister Pierre came back to Manitoba and taught in St. Pierre Jolys. The following year, she returned to Quebec and taught in Outremont, Viauville and Sherbrooke until 1953. Upon her return to Manitoba, Sister taught at St. Mary’s Academy, Winnipeg from 1954 to 1966. From then on, she taught at her Alma mater until 1996. From the University of Manitoba, Sister Noëlla obtained her ARCT and her AMM. From the University of Montréal, she obtained her bachelor and her Masters in music with specialization in piano. Sister also followed organ lessons and many liturgical and Divine Office sessions, sessions in Gregorian chant, all of which allowed her to better serve in the community and at the parish level. During twelve years, Sister Noëlla served as organist at St. Boniface Cathedral. She also played the organ at St. Amant Centre and elsewhere on various occasions. Sister Noëlla served on the Teen-Stop-Jeunesse Executive and The Manitoba Chapter of Registered Music Teachers.