Joanne is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota and entered her congregation in 1961. She received her BSN in Nursing from Marquette University and holds a MA in Franciscan Studies from St. Bonaventure University. She joined Franciscan Pilgrimage Programs in 1990.
In addition to pilgrimage work, Joanne has given presentations in formation programs for the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, the Intercommunity Franciscan Novitiate in the Midwest and the OFM Intercommunity Novitiate. She lectures internationally, promoting an understanding of Franciscan history and spirituality in ongoing formation, retreat work and higher education. In addition, she has served as a consultant on various Franciscan planning committees and as an editor for several Franciscan authors. She has authored several articles on Franciscan topics for The Cord and other journals.
Joanne currently serves her congregation as the Director of the Office of Corporate Ministries.