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7/21/2014 1:56:00 PM
Good Shepherd sister from Oregon marks jubilee
Sr. Joan Spiering
Sr. Joan Spiering

NORTH PLAINS — After 50 years of commitment, Good Shepherd Sister Joan Spiering marked the golden jubilee of her profession of vows as a woman Religioius at St. Edward Parish here.  

St. Edward’s church was a small wooden structure--a mission parish without a resident pastor when Sister Joan was growing up.  Priests from St. Mary’s Boys’ Home traveled from Beaverton to North Plains and Vernonia for Sunday Masses in those years.

Sister Joan traces the seed of her vocation to after- Sunday- Mass gatherings. During the third year of studies at Gonzaga University, Sister Joan met Good Shepherd Sisters for the first time. Their commitment to struggling young people and to personal and community prayer spoke to her.  She eventually entered the novitiate of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in St. Paul, Minn.  

Sister Joan professed first vows in St. Paul in 1964.  Later that year, she was on a train to her first mission assignment in Spokane, Wash.  She began her work at the Spokane Good Shepherd Home relieving staff persons in each of the four group living units as well as doing some teaching.

Her ministries over the years have included residential work with teens, house parenting in a maternity home, and after further education—a master’s in religious education and a master’s in divinity – parish ministry.  She has also engaged in outreach to domestic violence survivors, tutoring and inter province spirituality ministry.

Her three siblings — Carol, Annette, and Tony — and most of their children live in Western Oregon and in Klamath Falls.

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