Joan Campbell, SP
Jun 13, 1937 – Nov 4, 2018
JOAN CAMPBELL, SP
Sister Joan Campbell, age 81, a Sister of Providence for 62 years, died November 4, 2018, at Swedish First Hill Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Vigil Service: November 8, 2018, at 6:30 PM, and Funeral Mass: November 9, 2018, at 11:00 AM, both at St. Joseph Residence, 4800 37th Avenue SW, Seattle, WA. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Seattle, WA, after Mass and reception. Bonney Watson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Joan Campbell was born June 13, 1937 to John and Vera (Smith) Campbell, in Seattle, Washington. She was the youngest of three children. Joan entered the Sisters of Providence in July 1955 at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, Washington, and in January 1956, she became a novice. In July 1957 she professed first vows and received the name Sister Joanne, and in August 1962 she professed final vows.
Joan graduated in 1955 from Holy Angels High School, Seattle, Washington. In 1962, Sister Joanne (Joan) earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Seattle University. In 1969, she received a Masters of Education degree from the University of San Francisco, California. She received her Masters of Arts degree in theology in 1989 from St. Mary’s College, Moraga, California. Sr. Joan also earned several accreditations: 1969 – Chaplaincy, and 1989 – President, both from the American Catholic Corrections Chaplains Association, Baltimore, Maryland; 1989 – Certification Standards, U.S. Catholic Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
Sister Joan’s first ministry from 1957-82 was in education as a teacher and principal in Washington: Vancouver – Providence Academy and Our Lady of Lourdes schools; Yakima – St. Joseph and Apple Valley schools: Seattle – St. Francis of Assisi and St. Alphonsus schools; and Longview – St. Rose School.
In August 1982, Sr. Joan began her Chaplaincy Program at Western State Hospital, Steilacoom, WA. Then from 1983-2001 she ministered as a chaplain and detention coordinator in California: Archdiocese of San Francisco; Dublin – U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons, Federal Correctional Institution; in Washington: Federal Detention Center in SeaTac.
In 1990 Sr. Joan received several honors: a Certificate of Commendation from the Sheriff’s Office of San Francisco, California; Certificate of Correctional Practices, Department of the Treasury, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Georgia; and as president of the American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association, Sr. Joan represented U.S. Catholic chaplains in Rome at the first International Congress of Catholic Chaplains in 1990. It was at this time that she had the honor of meeting with Pope John Paul II to discuss the serious issue of incarceration in the world.
When Sr. Joan retired in 2002 she volunteered as chaplain at the Heritage House at the Market in Seattle, and continued to be an active member and advocate of numerous associations and committees: American Correctional Association, (ACA), American Catholic Correctional Chaplains Association (ACCCA), National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), and spokesperson for the Sisters of Providence advocating against the death penalty in the state of Washington and globally. She resided at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle, where she enjoyed and cherished spending time with family, friends and her sisters in community.
Sr. Joan is preceded in death by her parents, and brother, John. She is survived by her brother Patrick (Kathleen), sister-in-law, Sue (John), nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence Retirement Fund, 1801 Lind Avenue SW, #9016, Renton, WA 98057-9016.
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