The Photo Request has been fulfilled.

 
 Jeanine “Sœur Sourire” Deckers

Jeanine “Sœur Sourire” Deckers

Birth
Brussels, Arrondissement Brussel-Hoofdstad, Brussels-Capital Region, Belgium
Death 29 Mar 1985 (aged 51)
Wavre, Arrondissement de Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
Burial Wavre, Arrondissement de Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium
Memorial ID 11350 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Singer. Known as the "The Singing Nun." In French she was known as "Soeur Sourire" or "Sister Smile." She entered the Fichermont Dominican Convent in Waterloo, Belgium in 1959 and took the name "Soeur Luc Gabrielle." She had her great international hit "Dominique" in 1963, which she wrote in honor the founder of her order, St. Dominique. In 1967 she changed her religious name to "Soeur Luc Dominique." She was unhappy with the changes brought about in the Catholic Church by the Second Vatican Council and left the religious life in 1967 before taking her final vows to pursue a recording career. She was not successful in this enterprise and founded a school for autistic children with friend Annie Pecher. The school had financial problems and she was hounded by the Belgian government for $63,000 in back taxes for money earned by the song "Dominique." As a recording artist in a convent, she had taken the vow of poverty and had contributed all the profits to her religious order. In a state of severe depression, she and friend Annie Pecher downed a fatal dose alcohol and barbiturates on March 29, 1985, in Wavre, Belgium.


Inscription

Grave inscription:
French: J'ai vu voter son ame a travers les nuages
English: I saw her soul flying through clouds


Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

Advertisement

How famous was Jeanine “Sœur Sourire” Deckers?

Current rating:

108 votes

Sign-in to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Aug 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11350
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jeanine “Sœur Sourire” Deckers (17 Oct 1933–29 Mar 1985), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11350, citing Cimetière Communal de Wavre, Wavre, Arrondissement de Nivelles, Walloon Brabant, Belgium ; Maintained by Find A Grave .