Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sister Joan Mary Brown

Joan Mary Brown was born in Leeds, a city in the north of England, where she attended the Notre Dame Collegiate School and in 1952 entered the Sisters of Notre Dame at Ashdown Park.

Sr. Joan Mary started life as a teacher; she trained for teaching at Mount Pleasant College of Education in Liverpool. She taught in Notre Dame preparatory schools until going to Nigeria in 1963 with Sisters Mary Dolores Greely and Ellen Gielty to found the Nigerian mission. On her return to England, she worked in the Notre Dame Child Guidance Clinic in London, before returning to classroom teaching.

In the late seventies she went to Crawley where she worked in parish ministry with a special interest in catechesis and liturgy, especially Liturgy of the Word for Children. She has written catechetical materials; she has been a Religious Education advisor in schools. Sr. Joan Mary has been involved in creative spirituality and retreat giving. At present she lives in Crawley, a small town in the South East of England. Here at Mamre, in her retirement years, she welcomes visitors to her home for short or longer stays to rest, relax, retreat. She now looks after visitors, cares for a largish garden, grows vegetables, cook, paints and writes reflective material.

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