Joan Robishaw, SCN, Incorporates Fun Into Every Experience

By CMM Evelyn Fugazzi, SCN

CMM Contact:  Marietta Putzig, SCN

Sister Joan made Vows as an SCN on March 25, 1955.  She spent many years in the education ministry as a teacher and as vice-principal until she was appointed Secretary General for the Congregation.  Sister Joan  temporarily serves as Library Volunteer at St. Joseph School, Wakefield, Mass.          

Reflecting upon her ministries, Sister Joan said, “Teaching and being vice-principal are perhaps tied as having been my favorite ministries.  I recall one particular incident involving a second grade boy.   While walking from the convent to the school, I met Patrick, my second grade student.   He asked me. “Sister, what are we going to do today that is fun?”   I replied, “Patrick, we can’t do something that is fun all the time.”   In his innocence he said, ‘Sister, everything you do in school with us is fun.’  That was a most reassuring moment.”

An only child, Sister Joan was born in Newburyport, Mass.  Her maternal grandparents were natives of Ireland and her paternal grandparents French natives of Nova Scotia.  The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth established Immaculate Conception School in Newburyport in 1882,  the first SCN mission in Massachusetts. Joan was educated by SCNs for 12 years at Immaculate Conception School, the same school her mother had attended. Joan  entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth on September 24, 1952 at Our Lady of Nazareth Convent in Wakefield.   After completing her postulancy,  together with ten postulant colleagues and Sister Mary Rosine, Director of Postulants, Joan traveled to Nazareth in March 1953 to complete her novitiate.

“In my ministries, I have attempted to make others aware of social justice issues, have written letters to Congresspersons, etc.  Previously, I spent time volunteering at a soup kitchen–My Brother’s Table–in Lynn, Mass.  In my free time, I enjoy reading,  listening to music, walking, and visiting the ocean. ” Sister Joan said.

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