Sister Joyce Hylazewski

“My favorite part of my ministry is home and hospital visiting even though the events surrounding the visits are often very sad.”

jhylazewski_lgSister Joyce was born in Pittsburgh, PA. After graduating from St. James Elementary and Sacred Heart High School, both in Pittsburgh, she attended Robert Morris College where she earned a certificate in Secretarial skills. Sister Joyce earned a B.S. in Medical Technology from Duquesne University and then worked in Columbia Hospital Forbes System in Pittsburgh from 1974-75.

She continued her work as a medical technologist in Columbia Hospital for Women in Washington, D.C. from 1975-1980. Sister Joyce entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 1980 and was assigned to Bolivia in 1982. After language school she went to Montero, Bolivia where she worked with Mothers Clubs for two years. In 1984 Sister Joyce went to Capinota, a rural town outside of Cochabamba, Bolivia, where she did pastoral work in the local parish. In 1996, Sister Joyce moved to Sacaba and entered into a prison ministry in Cochabamba.

In January of 1998, Sister Joyce returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY to give Congregational Service as one of the local coordinators of the Center.

She returned to Bolivia where she became involved in pastoral work for the archdiocese of Cochabamba as part of the chaplaincy team of the hospital. The chaplain asked for her help in the training of Bolivian lay people, seminarians and young religious in how to visit the sick. Sister Joyce also belonged to a group called SOLIDARIDAD (Solidarity) and this ministry was very broad in that it involved facilitating medical attention for handicapped children, young people, the sick, school supply programs, home visiting and hospital visiting.

Presently Sister Joyce is in Family Ministry in Pittsburgh, PA, and keeping in touch with Bolivia.