Meet Sister Joan Pikiell

I am Sister Joan Pikiell, and I am originally from Bristol, Connecticut. I currently live in Timonium, Maryland, near Baltimore.

What inspired you to become a sister?
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters from Immaculata, Pennsylvania. They taught at my elementary school and demonstrated such joy in serving God.

When and why did you join the School Sisters of Notre Dame?
I entered the Affiliate program with SSND in 2010. I was drawn to the focus of educating women and children in various venues. The prominence of the blessed Trinity and our blessed mother, Mary, aligned with my spiritual priorities. The Sisters I was blessed to meet expressed such joy in their lives and commitment to their ministries.

Can you please share with us your academic background or degrees/certificates?
I have a Bachelor of Arts from St. Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, and a Master’s of Arts from the University of Connecticut.

What is your current ministry with SSND?
I am a middle school math and science teacher.

Has your ministry in SSND taken you to other cities, countries or continents?
I taught ESL in Woodhaven, New York, at our SSND Education Center. It was a wonderful experience! The women came from countries throughout the world. They were various ages and ethnicities, but they supported each other in learning English and navigating life in New York City. They were very joyful and encouraging of one another.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy watching almost any sport, but college basketball and football would be my favorite. I play golf whenever I get the chance.

Are you currently involved with any committees of SSND?
I have been on the End Human Trafficking Committee since 2014.

What do you feel is the most important thing for people to know about the School Sisters of Notre Dame?
The School Sisters of Notre Dame are women committed to living the Gospel in light of the ever-changing conditions of the world.

Anything unique about yourself that not many people know?
I am the middle of nine children- I have four brothers and four sisters. May parents’ names were Mary and Joseph!