Janet Yurkanin, IHM

Development Intern

Sister Janet is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, PA. She is currently in the Advanced Year of the Master of Social Work program at the National Catholic School of Social Service, The Catholic University of America. Her concentration is social justice and social change. At NETWORK she will be working with the Development and Membership Team and will share her experience where needed. Sister Janet was a high school science teacher in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York and has a MA in Chemistry from Villanova University. Her second ministry was at the Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey where she served as Director of the Office of Migration and Refugee Services. In that capacity, she was a fully accredited BIA representative. Her role was to manage the refugee resettlement program and to work with unaccompanied minors and victims of human trafficking. Prior to enrolling at CUA, Sister worked at the IHM Friends of the Poor in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Where she finds inspiration for work:

• Sister gets her inspiration from Matthew 25 and from the hymn, “Here I Am, Lord.”
• Having witnessed first-hand the needs and the struggles of various persons, she feels compelled to do something to alleviate their suffering

What she loves outside of NETWORK:

• Keeping in touch with family and friends on Facebook
• Interacting with the Sisters with whom she lives

Originally from: Peckville, PA