WILTON – During a eucharistic celebration attended by more than 200 friends, family members and School Sisters of Notre Dame, Joan Frances Pikiell, a native and longtime resident of Bristol, made her first profession of religious vows on July 26, at the order’s chapel at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton.
Sister Joan, 50, has spent the past four years deepening her commitment to God in study and service with School Sisters in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Illinois and Missouri.
She will teach middle school math and science in Timonium, Md.
Sister Joan taught science, technology and religious education at St. Joseph School in Bristol for seven years. Before that, she held graduate assistant and adjunct faculty positions while working on an advanced degree from the University of Connecticut. She also worked with college students as director of residential life at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., for four years after earning her bachelor’s degree there.
She is the daughter of Mary Faith (Crowley) and the late Joseph Pikiell, both natives of Bristol, and former Catholic school educators. She graduated from St. Matthew School in Forestville and St. Paul Catholic High in Bristol. She earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science from St. Anselm and a master’s degree in educational studies from UConn.