+Sister Joyce Fournier, OSB

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+Sister Joyce Fournier, OSB

Sister Joyce Fournier
Sister Joyce Fournier

Sister Joyce Fournier, OSB, was called home by God at 9:08 pm on Wednesday, August 7, 2019. May she rejoice now in the fullness of life with God and all the angels and saints.

Her funeral will be held Saturday, August 17 in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at the Monastery. Wake Service and Morning prayer will be at 10:00 am, followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am, with Father William Fider presiding. Dinner and the Rite of Committal to the Earth will follow.

Sister Joyce Fournier died in Benet Hall at St. Scholastica Monastery on August 7, 2019 with the Sisters by her side. She was in her 68th year of Monastic Profession.

Joyce was born in Warren, Minnesota on October 17, 1930 to Leo and Anne (Harder) Fournier. She grew up with two brothers and two sisters; a younger, brother, James, died shortly after birth. She learned responsibility early when she and her siblings assisted their parents in running the family bakery in their hometown.

Joyce graduated from the high school in Warren, Minnesota. She entered St. Scholastica Monastery in January 1950 and professed her perpetual vows in July of 1955. Sister Joyce celebrated her Silver Jubilee in 1977 and her Golden Jubilee in 2002.

Sister Joyce earned a BA in Education from The College of St. Scholastica and taught in the Catholic schools for twenty-seven years in Duluth, Phoenix, Hibbing, International Falls, Chicago, and Washington, DC. Some of these years were also spent in administration as principal. She served as Sub-prioress of the Benedictine Community from 1975 until 1984. In 1992 she established her own business at the Monastery known as St. Scholastica Photography and Framing where she served until her health failed.

More than what Sister Joyce did is who she was. She was a gifted photographer who was recognized throughout the city and beyond for her talent and expertise. She was a woman of hospitality who created a spirit of community, opening her studio as a coffee shop at the Monastery where there was always a good pot of coffee brewing with goodies to be shared. She was also a woman who was always willing to go the extra mile for another. Rich with service, organizational skills, humor, generosity and hospitality, she has inspired and enriched the lives of many.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Anne (Harder) Fournier, sisters, Marie (Huard) Fournier and Judith Fournier, and her brothers, Dale, Charles and James. Left to cherish her life are her nieces and nephews, her cousin, Fr. Denis Fournier, OSB, her many friends, especially her lifelong, faithful friends, Catherine Little and Madonna Domenichetti, and her Benedictine Sisters, especially Sister Grace Marie Braun with whom she shared many years of leadership.

The Sisters are grateful to the staff of Benet Hall and Essentia Health – St. Mary’s Hospice for the loving care they provided Sister Joyce.

Posted in Happenings, Obituaries


  1. Sister Joyce and I had a wonderful relationship she did so much wonderful framing for me and shadow box work for my wife’s art and projects. Kathy and I were invited to many of sister Joyce’s morning chat sessions with the other sisters. I only have to look around the rooms in my house and my downstairs lounge and we are surrounded by Joyce’s work. She was the grandest of ladies and so skilled as a photographer, her calendars (that she did at Christmas) a thing of beauty and her framing as well. She used to say to me when speaking of our lord “how much more does he want me to do” It’ll be something I’ll always remember of her, I think she is going to be welcomed very much by her other sisters.

  2. I am thankful for having known Sister Joyce. She did many projects for me in the frame shop. I looked forward to chatting with her and seeing her smile. One such time was on her eightieth birthday, with the biggest smile she told me of her adventure of skydiving. The past few years I looked forward to helping in the spring and fall with rearranging the photos and art in her studio. She will be missed. Peace to all that she touched.

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