2016 Mission Lecture

Archived Event
Catholic Theological Union, Academic and Conference Center
5416 South Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615

During World War II, Sr. Joanne Jaruko Doi’s father and grandfather were sent to Manzanar Relocation Camp in the California desert, where the St. Francis Xavier (Maryknoll) parish community was also interned. In 1981, Sr. Joanne entered the Maryknoll Sisters and was assigned to Peru. While living and serving among the Aymara people of the southern Andes, she witnessed and participated in spiritual practices of collective memory that involved pilgrimage, sacred earth, and healing. This stirred a personal movement that soon joined in the collective pilgrimage movement in the U.S. to reclaim a history of suffering and hope as Japanese Americans, through the shadows and light of the WWII internment period and redress movement. This practice engenders solidarity and compassion, especially with Arab Americans, undocumented immigrants, and most recently Syrian refugees.

Before coming to Chicago as Co-Director of the Maryknoll Sisters Integration Program, Sr. Joanne received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Studies from Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley) and taught as Assistant Professor of Intercultural Theologies and Ministry at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley.

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