Sister Gabrielle Henning CSJ

Sister Gabrielle Henning, CSJ Born in St. Johns, Michigan on July 1, 1914, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth (Mueller) Henning, and passed away January 26, 2014. Bernice was a member of St. Joseph Parish in St. Johns at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on June 25, 1933. She received the name Sister Gabrielle at her reception on January 8, 1934, pronounced her final vows on January 9, 1939. Sister Gabrielle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Nazareth College, a Master of Arts degree in Education from the Catholic University of America and a Doctorate in Education from Michigan State University. She pursued additional courses in Music Theory and Piano at the American Conservatory of Music. She began her ministry as a music teacher at Barbour Hall and Nazareth Academy and then she became a full time faculty member at Nazareth College in the departments of Music and Education, a position which she enjoyed for 44 years. She taught summer classes at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and the University of Detroit and also taught Gregorian Chant classes and Organ at diocesan workshops and Religious Education classes in Kalamazoo area parishes. After retiring from teaching she continued at Nazareth College as Director of Grants and Accreditation. In retirement at Nazareth Center she continued to apply for grants and foundation funds to meet specific needs for Nazareth Center and Frontbonne Manor. Sister Gabrielle is survived by four nieces and many, many cousins. She will be missed.

Published in Lansing State Journal on Feb. 2, 2014