Sister Joyce Barsotti, daughter of Bruno and Catherine Barsotti, was born in Portland one of 10 brothers and sisters. She graduated from St. Mary of the Valley School in 1958. She and her five blood sisters all attended the school for all 12 years of their basic education.

After attending Gonzaga University in Spokane for a year, she was received into the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon convent and professed her vows in 1962. She then completed a bachelor of science degree in education at Marylhurst College.

For 25 years Sister Joyce was a teacher in the following elementary schools: St. Mary in Spokane, St. Mary in Stayton, Sacred Heart in Tillamook, and St. Cecilia in Beaverton. She also served on the leadership team for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon and as a pastoral associate at St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Salem.

Sister Joyce received a master’s degree in theology from Mount Angel Seminary and in 1990 did post-graduate work in spirituality at the Institute of Religious Formation in St. Louis, Missouri. The work prepared her to be director for both initial and ongoing formation for her religious community.

Since 1983 Sister Joyce has been involved in the annual Summer Conference, a nearly week-long, family-oriented experience of church and formation at Mount Angel Abbey and then University of Portland. Her prayer ministry, she said, now supports all those who continue to seek the truth and joy of discipleship.