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Sister Joyce Williams

The Beauty of nature is a gift to quiet the soul.

Jubilarian 2020 – 60 Years a Sister

When I entered the community in 1959, I could not have imagined celebrating sixty years of ministry with the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters. Yet here I am. My country upbringing on a small vegetable farm in Byron Center instilled an appreciation for the outdoors and the beauty of nature.

Capturing that beauty through photography has been a hobby of mine for several years. Gifting others with the beauty of nature and art on custom note cards has been a joy.

My ministries have been in Food Service and Health Care. Most recently I retired from Saint Louis University Hospital as the Trauma Chaplain. I continue to cherish memories of being present to others during some of the most vulnerable times of their lives.

Retirement from full-time active ministry has, however, given me the opportunity to volunteer in multiple ways on the Motherhouse Campus of Marywood.

In 2018, participating in the Holy Land Retreat with Sister Barbara Reid OP and Father Leslie Hoppe OFM, along with my sisters, Catherine and Joan, was a trip of a lifetime. It has changed forever how I read and meditate on the scriptures. I look forward to how that experience will continue to impact my life.

I am so blessed with the support from my sisters in Community along with family and friends who have made this all possible.

2020 – 60 Years a Sister

Prayer Ministry

Pray for victims of violence

“All of my previous ministries and experiences prepared me well for ministering to patients and their families as a chaplain,” says Sister Joyce.

My ministries have been in Food Service and Health Care. Most recently I retired from Saint Louis University Hospital as the Trauma Chaplain. I continue to cherish memories of being present to others during some of the most vulnerable times of their lives.

I am so blessed with the support from my sisters in Community along with family and friends who have made this all possible.

Capturing the beauty of nature through photography has been a hobby of Sr. Joyce’s for several years.

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