Remembrances

Sister Joanne McDermott, Age 82

Mid-Atlantic

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Sister Joanne’s ministry included many successful years in elementary and secondary education. She taught primary and intermediate grades in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia,

Pennsylvania, and the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina. Her high school career spanned from 1966 to 1986 at several high schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, where she taught religion and Latin. Sister Joanne also ministered as the librarian at Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, and Bishop Kenrick High School outside Philadelphia.

When Sister Joanne accompanied her father as he was dying, the personal experience led her to enroll in the certificate program in pastoral ministry at Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Philadelphia. For the next 25 years, she ministered as chaplain to the sick and dying at Philadelphia Mercy Hospital.

Sister Joanne was an avid reader. She loved to dance and was always on the dance floor at Mercy celebrations. One of her greatest delights was when her sister Pat married. She will be missed by her family, friends and the sisters at the Convent of Mercy in Merion, Pennsylvania. 

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