Sister Joanne Yankauskis

The oldest of two children, I grew up in Waltham, Ma, in a loving and faith-filled family. Having relatives in religious life always inspired me to become a Sister.

In the late ’70s, as a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, I went to Oklahoma on a summer mission trip, and met the Benedictine Sisters of Red Plains Monastery. I grew to love the sisters and their life of community, prayer, and serving God’s people. I decided to transfer my vows and become a permanent member of this community. To my surprise, my journey wasn’t over. In 2009 the Sisters of Red Plains transferred their vows to the Benedictine Sisters in Atchison, Kansas.  
During my years in religious life, I have ministered in education, parish and diocesan ministry, retreat ministry, and vocation work. Since moving to Mount St. Scholastica I have ministered at Sophia Spirituality Center.
I find enjoyment in photography, designing cards and photo books, and visiting with others.