I thank God for my Dominican vocation and all the blessings of these years. I have enjoyed opportunities for education, faith formation, varied ministries and travel (Lands of Dominic and Lands of John and Paul), community, friends and co-workers who have encouraged me on this journey of faith.
Sister Joyce currently lives in Saint Louis, Missouri near her work at Saint Louis University Hospital where she has been ministering as Hospital Chaplain since 2001. Her primary responsibilities as chaplain are ministry to patients who have been injured by a trauma, who are having surgery, who have serious eye injuries or are experiencing the loss of sight. She says, “All of my previous ministries and experiences have prepared me well for ministering to patients and their families.”
The staff call her the “Hospital Detective”. The families she brings together at patients’ bedsides say she is simply a blessing. At St. Louis University Hospital, staff chaplain Sister Joyce Williams, is known for her skill at uncovering clues and connecting the dots to help find the next of kin for patients who are unable to communicate. Dominican Sisters are known for their ability to transform hardship into success, through study, perseverance, and prayer. Sister Joyce employs all of these tools in her hospital work. With each person who needs her assistance, Sister Joyce imagines the patient is one of her own twelve siblings, alone and unable to speak ‐ it inspires her to keep investigating until she finds the right connection. Along the way, she offers calm and confident support to trauma patients and their families during countless crisis situations at the busy medical center. In this way Sister Joyce helps transform and bless ‐ through love, comfort, and dedicated perseverance ‐ the hospital and those they serve.
Joyce Claire Williams was born October 29, 1941 in Lincoln Park, Michigan, the youngest of thirteen children born to James and Catherine Williams. Joyce entered the Dominican community from St. Sebastian of Byron Center in 1959, receiving the name Sister Joyce Mary of the Blessed Sacrament in 1960.
Sister Joyce worked in food service for ten years in Hannah, Grand Rapids and Dearborn. After receiving her BS in Foods and Nutrition at Michigan State University in 1973, she worked until 1980 as Hospital Dietitian at Kent Community Hospital in Grand Rapids. She received her MA in Management from Aquinas College in 1981, and then served in administrative positions in Grand Rapids, Connecticut and Missouri through 1998. From 1999-2001, she returned to school as a student of the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri.
2017 – 57 Years a Sister
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