Sister Joan Marie Harper is the pastoral associate at St. Brigid of Kildare Church in Dublin, Ohio. From 1987 to 2005, she was the Vicar for Church Ministry and Delegate for Religious for the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that, she spent six years as associate director of the Family Life Office for the diocese (1981–87).
Sister Joan Marie credits her elementary teachers, all Sisters, for the inspiration to consider religious life. She says, “Being a religious is the greatest adventure anyone can ever have.” She finds her life and ministry very rewarding. She says, “In parish ministry, we are dealing with huge challenges, which also bring surprising rewards. It is a grace to be able to serve for and with God’s people.”