“I have always valued getting to know and appreciate my students and their families’ cultures. For all these years of service and blessings, I am grateful to God and to those with whom I have shared my life.”
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sister Joan Toomey entered Maryknoll on September 2, 1952 from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in the New Orleans Diocese. Following her profession of first vows on September 8, 1955, she attained a B.S.E from Maryknoll Teachers College in 1960. A year later, made her final vows on September 8, 1961.
Her first mission assignment was in 1960 to St. Francis Xavier Parish in Los Angeles, Japanese –American Community where she was actively involved with teaching ministry for two years. Later, in 1962, she received a new assignment to Maryknoll Grade School, Honolulu, Hawaii. After 7 years of service in Hawaii, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 1969 and volunteered to study and work in Computer Information Systems to help usher the Maryknoll Sisters Center into the computer age.
Sister Joan continued to serve at the Maryknoll Sisters Center for the next 17 years in computer services and later as the Director of Development after attaining a Master of Business Administration Degree from Pace College in 1974.
In 1986, Sister Joan was assigned to Hong Kong, where she studied Mandarin and took the post of lecturer in Business Computer Studies at Lingnam University. She said “I have always valued getting to know and appreciate my students and their families’ cultures. For all these years of service and blessings, I am grateful to God and to those with whom I have shared my life.”
In 2003, Sister Joan was assigned by Congregational Leadership Team to Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York, where she has served in various capacities including Director of Congregational services. Sister Joan currently resides at the Center and is an active member of the Rogers community.