Joanne’s life journey led her to Assumption 5 years ago. she was widowed in 1996 after 26 years of marriage to James Chandler, the father of her 3 children.

She remarried Tom Hughes in 1999. While studying at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit & finishing a 3-year internship in spiritual direction, she received certification in Pastoral Ministry & served for 16 years.

She is now a Eucharistic Minister & a Lector. Ministry in the marketplace is her focus as she works in her and Tom’s small business.

Short term missionary work in Peru & in Haiti with her 2 sons impacted her life. She values all cultures & each person who crosses her path.