Sister Joan Williams, OP

Educator

Sister Joan Williams, OP, received a bachelor’s in music education, a master’s in theology from Aquinas College (AIRS program), as well as a Master of Theological Studies from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

Sister Joan taught music to students in preschool through high school at Marywood Academy (early grades), in multiple schools in Saginaw, while commuting to St. Boniface, Bay City, and St. John’s in Essexville. Parish liturgical music, choirs, piano, organ, and band and guitar lessons were always part of her daily and weekly program. Her home base was in the multicultural-racial and bilingual parish of Saint Joseph in Saginaw. Following the II Vatican Council she began doing adult formation to help make the necessary transitions of thought and practice of religious expression in liturgy and sacrament.

Sister Joan also served as Coordinator of Religious Education for the Hispanic population in twenty parishes while working in the pastoral center of Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. It was there that she received the call to discern mission in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. God and her pilgrim spirit led her to respond.

To best prepare for this call, she studied Spanish and theology for a semester at Xavier University in Bogota, Columbia. Living among the people of San Pedro Sula from 1998 through 2017, she provided theological pastoral formation, accompanied men and women in prison, and provided HIV education and support to multiple families with children HIV+.

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