Sister Claire LeBoeuf, MA, CSC
Sister Claire is the Founder and Acting Director of New Life Village. She has been working in the field of Child Abuse and Neglect since December, 1979–almost 35 years. New Life Village, Inc. is the third program that Sister Claire has founded since 1982. She refers to this as her “swan song.” She also shares that New Life Village most closely represents the full circle of her life. Sister Claire was born and raised on a small farm in Hudson, NH, in a safe, stable and, what promised to be, permanent family. Unfortunately, when she was 13 years of age, her mother (the most significant person in her life) died suddenly. Her father, thinking that it would be in her best interest, asked Claire’s godmother if Claire could live with her family, at least for a while. A year later, he re-married and Claire went back to live with him and his new wife. While deeply loved and cared for in her godmother’s family, Claire always had a sense that this was not her family and that she did not belong. After her father’s remarriage (and the move to a new house), the home was again certainly not hers and the sense of not belonging was even stronger. She subsequently entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Cross in 1960–where she has felt a deep sense of belonging for 54 years.