Sister profile

Sister Joan Matthews

Formerly Sister Ignatius

Sister Joan was born on July 4, 1928 and died on April 25, 2022.


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Sister Joan was a native of Columbus, Ohio. Her final ministry was in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Joan, formerly Sister Ignatius, entered the Congregation on July 22, 1947 and professed final vows on January 23, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in music. She also earned a master’s degree in voice from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.

She’s was a teacher in Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, California, Washington, D.C. and also ministered as a sacristan and a musician at the motherhouse in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Here is her complete ministry:

Sister Joan Matthews (formerly Sister Ignatius)

Complete Ministry

In Indiana: Teacher, Holy Trinity, New Albany (1950); Teacher, Saints Margaret Mary, Saint Joseph, Sacred Heart, Terre Haute (1952-53); Teacher, St. Joseph, Hammond (1953-54); Teacher, St. Rose, Vincennes (1965-68); Corporate Renewal Team, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1972-75); Teacher, Precious Blood School/Parish, Jasper (1997-98); Activity Room, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1998); Sacristan/Environment/Musician, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2003-07); Sacristan, Church flower and plant care, music, Providence Health Care and Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods; Church flowers, music, Providence Health Care and Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2016-20); Music ministry, Providence Health Care and Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2020-21); Prayer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2021-22).

In Illinois: Teacher, St. Mel, Chicago (1950-52); Teacher, St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette (1955); Teacher, Immaculate Conception, Norwood Park, (1955-59).

In Maryland: Teacher, Ascension, Halethorpe (1959-62); Teacher, Holy Redeemer School, College Park (1989-93); Music Educator, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Holy Angels, Sacred Heart, Solomons (1998-2002).

In Massachusetts: Teacher, St. Rose School, Chelsea (1993-97).

In Washington, D.C.: Teacher, St. Ann (1962-65); Teacher, Immaculata (1968-72); Teacher, Immaculate Conception Academy (1980-84); Teacher, All Saints High School (1984-89).

In California: Teacher, Marywood, Orange (1975-79).

In Taiwan: Teacher, St. Theresa Opportunity, Yuching (2002-03).

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