by Soli Salgado, Global Sisters Report

A mother of two and grandmother of four, St. Joseph Sr. Suzanne Herder had a winding journey in religious life before she recently was elected to the St. Paul Province of St. Joseph of Carondelet‘s leadership. The three-person team also includes Srs. Susan Hames and Cathy Steffens.

With Herder comes perspective gained from 30 years as a layperson — the decades spent between her first time in discernment as a high school graduate and the time she decided to rejoin the community once her daughters were out of the house.

In a conversation with Global Sisters Report, Herder talked about her life trajectory and what drew her back into religious life.

Read the full Q&A with Suzanne Herder, CSJ, at

October 12th, 2017