Sister Joan Chatfield

Sister Joan Chatfield, M.M.

Current Ministry Location- Hawaii

Sister Joan, from Elizabeth, New Jersey, entered Maryknoll in 1950. She earned a B.A. in biology and chemistry from Manhattanville College in Harrison, New York, in 1956 and was assigned to Hawaii that same year. For 36 years, she taught in Catholic schools in Hawaii. She then became the executive director of the Institute for Religion and Social Change, an organization that promotes interfaith activities, in 1976.

Sister Joan worked at Chaminade Unversity, where she was dean of humanities and fine arts, and she served as the ecumenical officer for the Honolulu Catholic diocese. She headed the Hawaii Committee for the Humanities and Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii. She also held executive positions on the Honolulu Commission on the Status of Women, the Honolulu Theater for Youth, and Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii.

Sister Joan was named among the “Living Treasures of Hawaii” for her many years of education, community service and advocacy in Hawaii. She stands strongly on many issues of justice and seeks to foster understanding between faiths to promote an all-inclusive love and compassion for all humankind. She has been the host of a television show in Hawaii that promotes interfaith dialogue.

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