Joan Parker

Sr Joan Parker RNDM

Sr Joan Parker RNDM

BA  (Auckland)
DipRE   (Manila)
MA RelStud   (Spokane, Washington)

Tutor in English


I was born in Hawkes Bay and brought up in the Waikato. I am a Mission Sister with a teaching background. I studied English language and literature at Auckland University. My earlier career was in secondary school teaching. I then moved into religious education work, principally with adults. I trained as an Adult Literacy Tutor through the Adult Literacy Association of Hawkes Bay, and worked in this area for a few years. Most recently I have been involved in the writing and editing of programmes in faith education. This involved me in attending a number of international consultations on Adult Religious Education. In my spare time I write poetry and grow herbs in my garden.

I was on the National Liturgy Commission for a number of years and helped produce the New Zealand “Exploring the Liturgy” programme.

Research Interests:
Biblical Spirituality – from the gospel exegesis to poetical insight

Published Articles and Poems:
Godsong” in Embracing God’s World, Joyce Huggett. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1996.

“The Holy Spirit and the Millennium: A reflection in the year of Luke.” Liturgy 23, no. 2 (July 1998): 29-33.

Christmas Reflections.” Liturgy 23, no. 4 (December 1998): 7-10.

“Liturgical Year B: The Gospel According to Mark.” Liturgy 24, no. 3 (September 1999): 24-30.

“The Holy Week Passion Narratives.” Liturgy 24, no. 4 (November 1999): 21-27.

“The Easter Season.” Liturgy 25, no. 1 (May 2000): 15-19.

“Participating in the Liturgy.” Liturgy 25, no. 2 (September 2000): 6-10.

“Journey in Luke and in the Year C Gospels.” Liturgy 26, no. 2 (June 2001): 26-29.

“Catechising through the Liturgy Today.” Liturgy 30, no. 2 (June 2005): 4-5.

“Reflecting on Liturgical Time and the Liturgical Year.” Liturgy 33, no. 4 (November 2008): 21, 23.

Liturgical Cycle.” Liturgy 33, no. 4 (November 2008): 22-23.

“How Seriously Do We Take Jesus’ Act of Foot Washing?” Liturgy 34, no. 4 (November 2009): 6-7.