Sister Joan (Evelyn) Utecht was born on October 28, 1934 to Alexander and Mathilda (Barten) in St. Nicholas, Minnesota, the fifth child in a family of seven, four girls and three boys. In 1957, she entered the scholasticate at St. Paul’s Priory and chose the name of her patron saint, St. Joan of Arc. She entered the novitiate on June 1, 1958 and made her first Profession of Vows on July 11, 1959. She attended the College of St. Catherine, earning a B.A. in Elementary Education in 1962 and a Master’s Degree in Counseling in 1972 from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master’s of Science in Administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1989.
It is our joy to connect with you in welcoming the New Year, a chance to pause from the unprecedented and unexpected challenges of 2020. Know that at the Monastery, you occupy a place in our daily conversations and at our Liturgy of the Hours, often by name.
We share your longing for assurance that in 2021 things will be good for us all and for all our families. In our partnership of prayer and hospitality, we treasure the model of resiliency we find in one another.