Sister Joan McElwain (Francis Joseph)- 60th Jubilee

Written on: May 10, 2022

Sister Joan McElwain was born in North Bangor, New York and attended school in Malone, New York. For as long as she can remember, she wanted to be a nurse. That desire led her to enroll in the nursing program at Champlain Valley Hospital in Plattsburgh where she became an RN. She later received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from D’Youville College.

She spent her early ministry years in the infirmary at the Grey Nuns Motherhouse and at St. Joseph’s Home in Ogdensburg before working in the ICU unit in Hepburn Hospital. While there, she became aware of the emerging profession of PA (Physician Assistant) and received permission to pursue studies at Albany Medical Center.

As a PA, she worked for many years in the emergency department at Hepburn and in a medical clinic in Waddington, NY.

Both in Ogdensburg and Philadelphia she pursued her love of gardening and until recently had a plot in the community garden at the Redeemer Provincialate. She enjoys cooking for herself at times and also treats her sister Grey Nuns to dinner to celebrate a birthday.


“I am filled with gratitude for my 60 years as a Grey Nun of The Sacred Heart. They have been grace filled years. I have cherished the opportunity to pray in community with my sisters and to have time for personal prayer. I am especially grateful that I have been able to continue in my health care profession, my great love.”

One thought on “Sister Joan McElwain (Francis Joseph)- 60th Jubilee

  1. Linda M George says:

    I would love to Congratulate Sister Joan on her stepping stone of her life career as a nun. I had the pleasure to play softball with her. Great sportsman like women. Also she had treated our family members at the time of need at Hepburn Hospital. God bless us with a very passionate lady. Take care will always have you in my prayers.
    Chickie Thouin George

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