Presentation sisters live out our mission statement to “confront injustice and work for peace.” Through advocacy, representation at the United Nations through the International Presentation Association, coordinators for justice, and participating in local justice events, our sisters respond to the call to serve God’s people by working with others to eradicate the causes of injustice and oppression.
Sister Richelle Friedman might be described as dynamic, energetic and committed to causes of human needs and rights. Sister Richelle is director of public policy at the Coalition on Human Needs in Washington, DC. She volunteers at Food and Friends and enjoys playing golf, hiking and going camping.
Sister Joy is a member of the congregational leadership team for the Sisters of the Presentation. She also serves as the promoter of justice for the Sisters of the Presentation. Prior to that she was the promoter of peace and justice for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, for eight years. Sister Joy has been formation director, vocation director and congregational leader for the Presentation congregation. She holds a master’s degree in teaching elementary social studies from Clarke College, as well as a pastoral ministry degree from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to her ministries within the community, she taught middle school and high school. From 1989-1997, she was a pastoral minister at St. Mary Church in Spirit Lake, Iowa. She also spent a year working in the NGO office of the International Presentation Association at the United Nations.
Sister Joetta Venneman serves in the Office of Social and Environmental Justice for the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in Nazareth, Kentucky, and likewise, is a member of the justice promoter team with the Dubuque Presentation Sisters. Sister Joetta enjoys hiking, backpacking, camping and all things outdoors.