Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Joanne Gross, O.S.U., J.D.

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Sr. Joanne Gross was awarded the Ursuline~St. John College Association’s Amadeus Rappe Award at the 2013 Reunion.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Joanne Gross, O.S.U., holds a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from CWRU’s Mandel Center. She currently serves as President of Catholic Community Connection, which promotes collaboration among the Catholic health care, senior living, social service and higher education ministries in the diocese of Cleveland. She also worked with Cuyahoga County as coordinator of domestic violence programming and funding, and served as legal services coordinator for a children’s mental health initiative.

Sr. Joanne was Senior Policy Advisor to the Cuyahoga County Council.She offered the Council legal analysis, policy research, and advice to the Council on health and human services, education, and human resource issues. She has served as a higher education lawyer with Ursuline College, Case Western Reserve University, and John Carroll University; and she has taught on every level from junior high to law school.  Sister Joanne has also previously served as volunteer magistrate in the South Euclid juvenile diversion program and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Since 1850, The Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland have been ministering to the people of Cleveland in many ways. Their service began almost exclusively in classroom education. However, the needs of the people and society have grown in a variety of ways since 1850. Ursulines currently have a broad working definition of “education” that is evident in the many good works they now do. We offer some examples of Ursulines who are Ursuline College Alumnae and who have brought their gifts to a broad spectrum of ministries.

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