Sister Joan Delaney, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Sister Joan received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from her alma mater, Alberta Magnus College, New Haven, CT in 1989 “for her fine contribution to the universal mission of the church and to the ecumenical movement at the international level.” In 2000, she received the Fitzgerald Award from the National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers for “outstanding work and service to Christian Unity.” Her work has taken her literally all over the world, and she has always shared “the saving grace of a sense of humor,” which gives her a friend in every port.
Born in Yonkers, NY, Joan moved with her family to Bridgeport, CT and joined Maryknoll in 1952 from Milford, CT after graduating with a degree in sociology and economics. Her first mission assignment in 1955 was to Hong Kong where she served in education and research for twenty-one years. She was chair of the sociology department at Chinese University’s United College; taught at Holy Spirit Seminary and was administrator of research and planning for the Diocese of Hong Kong. She became Director of SEDOS, a mission documentation and study center based in Rome, serving forty-five Catholic missionary communities. After two years at the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) in Washington, D.C., she was appointed by the Vatican as the first Roman Catholic consultant on Mission to the World Council of Churches in Geneva Switzerland.
Sister Joan also taught at the Maryknoll Convent School for eight years. In 2001, Sister Joan was assigned to the Eastern U.S. Region where she was appointed to the Roman Catholic Evangelical Dialogue for Southern California. In 2007, she was the delegate to Christian Churches Together in the U.S.
Today, Sister Joan resides at the Maryknoll Sisters Center where she an active volunteer.