Sister Claire Metrejean, M.C. was born on October 22, 1987, to Todd and Margaret Metrejean of Lafayette, LA. Sister Claire grew up the middle child with two brothers: Father Andre Metrejean and Thomas Metrejean. She graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in May 2010 with a BSN from the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions. Following her graduation, she served the local community as a nurse at the Heart Hospital of Lafayette.
While at UL, Claire attended daily mass at Our Lady of Wisdom on occasion. It was not until after graduation that Claire began to focus on her own faith formation. Stumbling upon a book by Scott Hahn in the local public library sparked Claire’s intellectual curiosity about the Catholic faith in a new way. She began to take every opportunity to learn more and immerse herself in the beauty of Catholicism.
In 2012, Claire was able to attend a young adult pilgrimage to Rome led by Father Bryce Sibley. Attending Mass at the tomb of the now St. John Paul II and visiting the Basilica of St. Clare in Assisi helped Claire to meditate on the lives of the great saints. She often spoke of an increasing desire to discern God’s will—how was He calling her to serve Him?
Upon her return from Italy, Claire expressed a deep desire to get more involved with the Ragin’ Cajun Catholics Student Ministry. Claire led a number of college women and young adult bible studies. Claire spoke at several Ragin’ Cajun Catholics retreats, witnessing what it is to live out the faith “in the real world.” Claire mentored a number of nursing majors and other female students, served as a young alumni leader at FOCUS’s SEEK2013 Conference, and enrolled in courses with the Aquinas Institute. Claire often credited her involvement with the Ragin’ Cajun Catholics following graduation as being a fundamental element in her ongoing journey of discernment. Claire wrote, “The contagious joy of Jesus flowing from the college students has been the most powerful witness to me on my own journey with Christ! Our Lady of Wisdom has made it easy to be plugged in to a beautiful Catholic family. This community offered me a place to grow even after graduation, and community, I believe, is essential to foster religious vocations.”
Sister Claire Metrejean entered the Missionaries of Charity on January 6, 2015. The Missionaries of Charity are a religious order of sisters started by Blessed Teresa of Calcutta in 1950. The M.C.s work with the poorest of the poor in 133 countries around the world. Mother Teresa had a deep love for John Henry Cardinal Newman’s Radiating Christ prayer. The Missionaries of Charity pray this prayer each day after Holy Communion. Sister Claire’s witness to all of us embodied the spirit of this prayer. Please pray it, live it, and remember our dear sister.
Dear Jesus, help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go.
Flood my soul with Your spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly,
That my life may only be a radiance of Yours.
Shine through me, and be so in me
That every soul I come in contact with
May feel Your presence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!
Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine,
So to shine as to be a light to others;
The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine;
It will be you, shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise You the way You love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach You without preaching, not by words but by my example,
By the catching force of the sympathetic influence of what I do,
The evident fullness of the love my heart bears to You.