OND Staff Report
On August 15, Sister of St. Joseph Joanne Johnson celebrated her 60th anniversary of vows as a Sister of St. Joseph at the Summit Apartments in Crookston, Minnesota, where she resides. The celebration began with Mass of the Assumption of Mary, Mother of Jesus, in the Villa St. Vincent Chapel attended by sisters and associates of the Congregation of St. Joseph; Ken Johnson of Minneapolis, brother of Sister Joanne; many friends and residents of the Summit and Villa St. Vincent.
Sister Joanne was born in Minneapolis, one of four children of the late Ursula Farrell and Clarence Johnson. She entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in Crookston in 1956 and professed perpetual vows in 1964. She earned a bachelor of music in music education with a piano major, and a master’s of ministry from Seattle University.
Sister Joanne taught at St. Joseph’s Academy in Crookston and Brady High School in West St. Paul, Minnesota. She was a missionary in Recife, Brazil for four years. For 17 years she worked in church ministry in the following parishes: St. Peter, Mendota, Minnesota; St. Peter, Park Rapids; St. Edward, Strandquist; St. Michael, Dunseith, North Dakota; and Holy Family, Grand Forks, North Dakota. She was involved in religious education, liturgy, pastoral music, organ and guitar instruction and adult education. She also served as pastoral administrator at St. Rose of Lima, Argyle, and pastoral worker at St. Joseph, Brooks; St. Francis, Oklee; and St. Joseph, Bagley.
In 1998, Sister Joanne served in congregational leadership in Cincinnati, Ohio. Since moving to Summit Apartments in Crookston in 2004, she conducts weekly Bible study and leads liturgical music.