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  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, Ks.  
I received my BA in Education and Art from Emmanuel College in Boston, an MA in Education from Fitchburg State College and an MA in Spirituality from St. Michael’s in Vermont. During my years in religious life, I have ministered in elementary 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, reading and visiting with others.