Joanne Ingoglia, SLW
I was born
and raised in Chicago. I went to Holy Trinity School and then
to Josephinum High School (“the Jo”), so the Sisters of
Christian Charity were very much a part of my life. I entered
the Community after I graduated in 1955.
novitiate, I was missioned in Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois,
teaching all the grades at the elementary level and later at the
high school level. While teaching at my Alma Mater, I became
involved in a ministry to heroin drug addicts. I replaced the
first director of El Rincon, a clinic for addicts, working
primarily with the pregnant women. That experience helped me
when I returned to teaching, this time at St. Gregory H.S.
While there, I had an opportunity to go to the Dominican
Republic to strengthen my skills in Spanish, and to experience
the Dominican culture. While there, I received a telegram
informing me of the events of 1975, the beginning of the move to
possibly form a new Community. Of course, I got on the plane
very soon after this piece of information reached me. I needed
to be part of the decisions that would affect so many lives.
It was an
incredible experience. Since branching from the SCC’s, I have
been to Texas and then back to Illinois. While in Texas, I was
Vocation Director for the Diocese of Brownsville, Director of
Religious Education, and a Pastoral Associate. When I returned
to Chicago, I worked for a Masters Degree in Counseling while I
was again teaching at St. Gregory. I also had the opportunity
to be a principal at St. Hedwig School. I then returned to St.
Gregory for the 3rd time, but now as a counselor.
Now I am
teaching Religion and Social Studies to junior high students at
St. Joan of Arc School in Evanston. I keep trying to listen to
where the Spirit is leading, praying and listening and watching
for the signs, the words, and the call to discover where I am
needed to be God’s minister.
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