Sister of St. Mary of Oregon Mary Joyce Barsotti died April 12 at the motherhouse convent. There will be a vigil service at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, and a funeral Mass 4 p.m. Friday, April 16, both at the motherhouse chapel in Beaverton. Her services are accessible by livestream: https://vimeo.com/536029622 (Password: SSMO) Interment is Monday, April 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the sisters’ cemetery. Family and friends are welcome to join the SSMO community at the cemetery.

Sister Mary Joyce Barsotti (Sister Peter Mary Barsotti) was born to Bruno and Catherine Hart Barsotti in Portland July 25, 1940, the fourth of 10 children. Although the family was active in St. Cecilia Parish, the six Barsotti girls attended all 12 years of grade school and high school at St. Mary of the Valley (now, Valley Catholic School). Sister Joyce’s class made first Communion in the motherhouse convent chapel. Fifteen years later Sister Joyce pronounced her religious vows in the chapel, and subsequently celebrated her 25th, 50th, and 60th religious jubilees. Her funeral services will be in this same chapel.

After completing high school and a year at Gonzaga University, Sister Joyce entered the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, August 15, 1960. She continued her education at Marylhurst College/University, earning a bachelor’s degree in education in 1963, and at Mount Angel Abbey, earning a master’s degree in theology in 1979. She also continued her education at St. Louis University (IRF, 1990), and the University of Portland and Gonzaga University. Sister Joyce began her 24 years of Catholic education ministry at Sacred Heart School, (Tillamook), and served at St. Cecilia in Beaverton, St. Boniface in Sublimity, St. Mary’s in Spokane, and St. Mary’s in Stayton. Sister Joyce then ministered to adults for 25 years. For five years, as pastoral associate at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Salem, she worked with parish education and activities. She also assisted with parish adult religious education when living in Beaverton. A woman of prayer, simplicity, love, and compassion, Sister Joyce served 10 years in formation work with new SSMO members and in her work as a leadership team member, 2010 to 2015.

Sister Joyce had an expertise and passion for sacred liturgy. She served on the steering committee for the annual Family Summer Conference at Mount Angel for 34 years, during 27 of those years she had responsibility for liturgy. Working in parishes in Salem and Beaverton for over 15 years, Sister Joyce developed and extended the Liturgy of the Word for children. Spreading God’s Word was the goal of her work with the SSMO-sponsored Bethany Center presentations Sister Joyce worked to unite people in the best ways: Sacred Liturgy and her great, homemade Italian food.

One of Sister Joyce’s favorite quotations was from Irenaeus: “The glory of God is humanity fully alive!”

Sister Joyce is survived by the Barsotti family: Bruna McBride, Joann and Len Cooper, Rae Coleman Barsotti, Bobbie and Bruce Weber, Mike and Jo Barsotti, Patricia and Gary Young, Tony and Regina Barsotti, Dick and Deb Barsotti, Steve and Paula Barsotti, her many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great nephews and Aunt Jean Volz. She is also survived by her SSMO Sisters, her co-workers and friends, including Elaine Park, Sister Joan Spiering, RGS, Jackie Staley and Sharon Davis.

Her trust was in the Lord’s assurance: “I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full!”

Memorial gifts in Sister Joyce’s honor may be made to the Bruno Barsotti Memorial Scholarship for Catholic School Tuition Assistance or to the SSMO Legacy/Heritage Scholarship Program