Sister Suzanne Brauer, OP, has two loves – the city that she calls home, New Orleans, and the God that she fell in love with when she was just a girl. As a Dominican Sister of Peace, she has been able to serve one while assisting the other. As she celebrates her Jubilee year, Sister Suzanne feels that she has been blessed to spend much of her 50 years of consecrated life where she loves to be, serving God’s people in the Crescent City.
Sister Suzanne entered the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1965. She spent the early years of her service as a Religious Education Coordinator in Louisiana and Arizona, she returned to Loyola New Orleans to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. She continued working in religious education at the San Pedro Pescador and St. Bernard Parishes in Louisiana and the Santa Cruz Project in Tucson, AZ until she went to South Bend, IN, to earn her Masters in Administration in Not-For Profit Business.
Sister Suzanne served her Congregation as the Treasurer for the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic, and the Central Team. She also ministered as the Director of Religious Education for St. Augustine and St. Paul the Apostle Parish in New Orleans and earned a Masters in Theology from the Institute of Black Catholic Studies from Xavier University, New Orleans. In addition, she served as the Mission Educator for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
In 2014, Sister Suzanne had the opportunity to help rebuild a part of her beloved city that had fallen through the cracks of the Hurricane Katrina recovery. Along with Sisters Pat Thomas and Ceal Warner, Sister Suzanne opened the newest ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the Peace Center, in the neighborhoods of Marleyville-Fountainbleau and Gert Town.
In an interview with the New Orleans Time-Picayune in 2015, she explained the goal of the then-fledging center. “We want to help people grow in all areas. The children, the people who are in need of jobs, those who are in need of counseling, spiritual direction, people who are elderly, people in crisis situations.” Today the Peace Center offers after-school homework sessions for kids, monthly get-togethers and food assistance for seniors, and computer classes for Gert Town residents looking to improve their career opportunities.
We thank Sister Suzanne and all of our Sisters celebrating Jubilees in 2018 for their years of service to the people of God.