Luisa Derouen was a member of her founding congregation, the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic, for 48 years. In 2009, they and seven other congregations became the Dominican Sisters of Peace. With a graduate degree in liturgy and credentials in spiritual direction, until the 1980s she ministered primarily in rural parishes in religious education and pastoral ministry. She began to minister among the transgender community in 1999 and has been a spiritual companion formally and informally to about 250 transgender people across the country. She is now semiretired at the St. Catharine Motherhouse in central Kentucky.

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Responding responsibly as parents of transgender children

Perspective: In liturgy and in life, we must be ready to receive the truth, whether we like it or not, understand it or not.


The sacredness of being seen

Global Sisters Report: In my 57 years as a woman religious, no ministry has so profoundly shaped my life in God as being a faith companion to God's transgender people.