Sister Nancy Hawkins was born in Manhattan and grew up in the New York metropolitan area. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, Pa., in 1978 after attending Scranton’s Marywood College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in French. She received a master’s degree in theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and a doctorate in theology from Fordham University.
Sister Hawkins’ ministry has always been in the education field. She spent many years teaching high school and also was in administration. She taught at Fordham University until 1999, when she came to the Rochester Diocese to teach at St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Pittsford, where she is an associate professor of systematic theology
"I love teaching adults and working with the men in the permanent diaconate program," she said. "I find the St. Bernard’s students to be very faith-filled and open to the theological journey."
Sister Hawkins also is a spiritual director who gives many retreats, days of prayer and talks to a variety of parishes locally and outside the diocese.
She has published a chapter in a book on the theology of Dorothee Soelle and last summer wrote an article on Soelle’s spirituality for The Way, a Jesuit publication.