About Joanne Howe


A Change of Habit

From Nun to Priest

Biblical Answers to Catholic Questions

About Joanne

     Joanne is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The oldest of eleven children, born in 1935 on October 11, she was raised as a Roman Catholic.  She attended Catholic Elementary and High School.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Music from Carlow University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  She went on to receive a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland.  Joanne was also  one of six finalists for "Teacher of The Year" in 1985 in the State of Maryland.

     At the tender age of 13, Joanne began preparing to serve as a nun.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in Baden, Pennsylvania in 1949.  She remained in the order for 19 years.  She left the convent in 1968 and moved to Laurel, Maryland where she spent 29 years as a sixth grade teacher in the Prince George's County public school system.  In 1971, she left the Roman Catholic Church to obey the Gospel and was baptized for the remissions of her sins by Dr. Paul Coffman at the University Park Church of Christ in Hyattsville, Maryland.  In 1997 she  moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee to teach at Lipscomb University in the School of Education.  However, heart surgery prevented Joanne from taking that position.

     As a successful author, Joanne has written 3 books - "A Change of Habit", "From Nun to Priest" and "Biblical Answers to Catholic Questions."  She has also written numerous articles and pamphlets.  In addition, she has made audio tapes, videos and a DVD telling of her conversion.  She has been a guest on TV and appeared on World Christian Broadcasting telling her life's story.  She has also written articles for the Christian Woman magazine and was a former columnist for the Laurel Leader newspaper in Laurel, Maryland.  In Laurel, Maryland, she was active in community and political organizations.

     Joanne is a well-known public speaker.  She has spoken in lectureships, ladies' Bible classes, retreats and inspirational days throughout the United States, Canada, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Austria, South Africa and the Far East.  Joanne has also been a regular speaker on radio station WNAH in Nashville, Tennessee for 15 minute weekly segments.  Her lessons have related to women in the Bible and the portrait of a Christian Woman in the 21st century.

     Joanne currently resides in Hendersonville, Tennessee where she attends a local congregation of the Church of Christ.  At the age of 78, her mother obeyed the Gospel (was baptized) and lived with Joanne for 10 years.  She went home to be with her dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on June 28, 2008 at the age of 96.