S. Joan Gallagher, CSJ
S Joan lives as a member of the core community of Providence House II providing hospitality to women and children in need of transitional housing. It is through the day to day living in this community that continues to teach S. Joan the realities of life and that works of charity and justice go hand in hand.
The love of learning led S. Joan to pursue her degree in education. Most of her years in educational ministry were spent in St. Francis of Assisi School as a teacher and then as Assistant Principal. She became inspired by the life of St. Francis and established a Peer Mediation Program, Peace Garden and took measures to live mutually enhancing manner valuing Earth’s resources which included the installation of solar panels on the roof of the school building.
S. Joan currently serves as Principal of St. Joseph High School, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. St. Joseph has a long history of providing quality education rooted in gospel values that prepare the young women of today to meet the challenges that will bring about the world of tomorrow. By nurturing compassion, fostering creativity and instilling a sense of justice, the community of St. Joseph High School recognizes the reality of the hungers of our world and greets them with reconciling love.
S. Joan believes that at this time our world is in need of the transformation of our educational institutions from knowledge factories to wisdom schools. They should be places of learning where life is recognized as sacred and honored as whole.
S. Joan also serves on the Board of Trustees of Academia Maria Reina, PR, the member Board of Sts. Joseph and Dominic Catholic Academy, Brooklyn and on the Earth Matters Committee of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
For all the forgoing reasons, St. Francis College is pleased and proud to present the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters, honoris causa, to Sister Joan Gallagher.
Introduction by S. Marianne Sennick, CSJ, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Economics, History,
Political Science and Social Studies.