Sister Joan Foley

Foley_Joan-1After living in Massachusetts, then, Virginia, Sister Joan Foley entered our Community in 1954 after college.  She was trained as a medical technologist and spent 13 years in Pakistan where she began a school for lab technicians and also served in hospital administration and leadership for the MMS.  In 1974 Sister Joan returned to the U.S. and became involved in primary health care and community development work among low-income people in North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.  She founded “Connections,” a job development and placement program in New Port Richey, Florida, and was a strong advocate for those who were homeless.  She also has served in a number of leadership roles for Medical Mission Sisters in North America.  Sister Joan’s most recent pioneering effort was reorganization of the MMS Thrift Shop in Philadelphia, whose six-day-a-week ministry she oversees.  For more information about our Thrift Shop, see