Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Sister Jo Ann Recker

Sister Jo Ann Recker, SNDdeN is a professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages at Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. She received her doctorate in Romance Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University. A student of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur for 12 years, she entered the community in 1960 and taught in Notre Dame high schools for 12 years. After teaching and doing administration at Ohio State for 11 years, she has now been at Xavier University for 24 years. In addition to co-authoring the college-level French text, Situations et Contextes, she has also published a monograph on the seventeenth-century writer Madame de Sévigné, “Appelle-moi Pierrot”: Wit and Irony in the Letters of Madame de Sévigné (Peter Lang) and two books on the co-foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame: Françoise Blin de Bourdon: Woman of Influence (Paulist Press) and “Très affectueusement, votre mere en Dieu”: Françoise Blin – French Aristocrat, Belgian Citizen, Co-Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (Peter Lang Publishing). A trained spiritual director, she has given presentations on spiritual topics as well as on the value of foreign-language learning, foreign-language teaching strategies and literary topics. She has been named Xavier University’s Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year and was recipient of the Ohio Foreign Language Association’s Professional Publications Award. As a student, Jo Ann was always attracted by “Mère Julie’s” spirit of joy, a joy grounded in her complete confidence in and abandonment to her Good God.

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