Sister Joan Frances Delaney, M.M.


Sister Joan Frances Delaney, M.M., who served as a teacher in Hong Kong early on and later held administrative roles in the U.S. and overseas, died April 28 at Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining. She was 92.

Sister Joan was appointed by Pope John Paul II to the Pontifical Council of Christian Unity to work as the Catholic consultant on mission to the World Council of Churches, 1984-1990. She also served as the administrator of the Center for Global Ministries at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, 2002-2007, and was a delegate for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and for Christian Churches Together, 2005-2012.

Born in Yonkers, she entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 1952 and made final vows in 1961. She studied sociology and economics and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Conn., and she held a master’s in education from the University of London. She later received an honorary doctorate from Albertus Magnus.

A Funeral Mass was offered May 4 at Annunciation Chapel at Maryknoll Sisters Center. Burial was in the sisters’ cemetery.

Sister Joan Frances Delaney, M.M.