The Maryknoll sisters will celebrate the anniversaries of 28 sisters who have spent decades in service with the congregation at a special mass to be celebrated Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center Main Chapel in Ossining. The sisters will celebrate 60, 70, 75 or 85 years with the congregation.
According to a statement from the congregation, the sisters celebrating their jubilees on Sunday will include:
Sister Margaret Frances Kulage, MM, a Maryknoll Sister for 85 years, has been a missioner to prisoners, catechist and pastoral ministry worker in Hawaii and the Philippines. Born in St. Louis, MO, the 106-year-old Sister worked at Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY, from 1935-1943, then did pastoral and catechetical work in Wailalua and Kalihi Kai, HI, from 1943-1953. She also served as Junior Mistress of Sisters in Temporary Vows from 1953-1956, as well as motherhouse assistant in 1953 and 1956, and House Superior for St. Teresa’s, the Sisters’ residence at Maryknoll, from 1959-1962. She then resumed her pastoral and catechetical work in Hawaii, joining the staff of Maryknoll College, Manila, Philippines, in 1969. She worked in the Philippines, also serving as principal of LaSallette Elementary School and an adult education program founder from 1969-1972, assistant to Maryknoll Fathers regional superior in the Philippines and regional coordinator of Maryknoll Sisters from 1972-1978, and prison apostolate worker from 1973-1985. Her love for prisoners in the Philippines led the nation to make her a permanent residence of their country in 1989. She currently lives at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY.
Sister Agnes Donovan, MM, a Maryknoll Sister for 75 years, graduated from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, in 1969 with a B.A. in education. Born in Auburn, NY, Sister Agnes holds an M.S. in education from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, and an M.A. in religion from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. Given the religious name, Sister Miriam Anthony, she taught at St. Bernadette’s School, St. Louis, MO, from 1946-1948, was assistant novice mistress, then novice mistress for the Maryknoll Sisters residence in Valley Park, MO, from 1948-1964, and novice mistress at Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY, from 1964-1969. They them worked as a guidance counselor, teacher trainer and instructor in Guatemala from 1970-2002.
Sister Timothy Marie Healy, MM, also a Maryknoll Sister for 75 years, graduated from Maryknoll Teachers College, Maryknoll, NY in 1960. Born in Hoboken, NJ, she worked for The Field Afar, the magazine now known simply as Maryknoll, from 1942-1944; at the Venard, Maryknoll’s junior seminary, Clarks Summit, PA, from 1944-1948; at Maryknoll Seminary itself from 1948-1953, and at the Sisters’ residence, Crichton House, Ossining, NY, from 1953-1960. She then taught in Hawaii from 1960-1986, returning to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY, where she worked as mailroom supervisor from 1986-2006.
Sister Lilla Marie Hull, MM, also celebrating 75 years with Maryknoll Sisters, is a member of the Maryknoll Contemplative Community, Maryknoll, NY. Born in Glencoe, IL, Sister Lilla joined the congregation’s contemplative community six years after entering Maryknoll, spending the next 25 years in prayer as part of the cloistered Maryknoll Sisters. In 1971, she helped found the first Maryknoll cloister outside the Maryknoll complex in Gallup, NM, serving as vice chairman of the regional governing board from 1973-1977. She then served for one year as president of the Association of Contemplative Sisters, becoming coordinator of her congregation’s cloister board from 1978-1981, and as a member of the Gallup, NM, cloister from 1981-1984. She was also coordinator of Maryknoll’s main cloister from 1986-1989. She also travelled to her congregation’s missions throughout the world, leading retreats and serving as a spiritual director in Bolivia, Peru,Chile, Guatemala, El Salvador, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Korea.
Sister Madeline Cecilia McHugh, MM, also marking 75 years with Maryknoll, has ministered in Guatemala, Panama and Sudan. Born in Elizabeth, NJ, she holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Maryknoll Teachers College, Maryknoll, NY, and holds certificates in theology from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, and speech from the University of Hawaii. Sister Madeline taught Grades 2 and 5, as well as high school art and shorthand, in Wailuku, HI, from 1945-1961, then served in the Vocations Department at Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY, from 1961-1968, becoming its director in 1965. She then served in pastoral ministry in Guatemala in 1969 and taught high school level religion, English and typing in Panama from 1969-1971. Returning to the Center in 1972, she worked in the Maryknoll cloister until 1979, when she joined the congregation’s contemplative community, entering its cloister in 1986. She then moved to Sudan, where she founded that country’s first contemplative community in 1986, serving there until 1992, and again from 2000 to the present. She also was part of the Center’s contemplative community from 1992-2000.
Sister Cecilia Wood, MM, is also celebrating her 75th jubilee with Maryknoll Sisters. A physician who completed her internship at Grasslands Hospital, Valhalla, NY, the Seattle, WA native founded a paraplegic center for disabled youth and served as director of Our Lady of Victory Training Center, both in Davao, Philippines. She also taught elementary school in Hawaii.
Sister Gemma Marie Berger, MM, has been a Maryknoll Sister for 70 years. Born in Gardenville, NY, Sister Gemma Marie first worked in the congregation’s kitchens in Venard, CA and Maryknoll, NY, from 1947-1949. She was then sent to San Juan Capistrano, CA, where she taught CCD to migrant workers until 1950. Following a brief period in Mountain View, CA, where she made her final vows, Sister Gemma Marie returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY, where she worked in the Promotion Department, taught CCD, and worked in the seminary kitchen from 1952-1958. She then taught third grade at St. Therese’s School in Chicago’s Chinatown from 1958-1969, and fourth grade from 1958-1959. Later, she taught CCD to elementary school children at a mission in Guadelupe, CA, from 1971-1979, also supervising lay teachers, engaging in assorted parish activities, organizing a church choir, and serving as regional spiritual director of the Worldwide Fatima Apostolate. She retired to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 2009.
Sister Jennie Burke, MM, has also been a Maryknoll Sister for 70 years. Born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia, she taught at St. Anthony’s School, the Bronx, from 1949-50, and in Hawaii from 1950-1975. She also worked in mission education at Maryknoll Sisters Center from 1975-1978, served in pastoral ministry and Christian community development in Tanzania from 1978-1986, worked as Community Development Director for the congregation’s house in Newburgh, NY, from 1988-1989, and taught Adult Basic Education in New York City from 1990-1991. She then served as a counselor and caregiver at L’Arche Home for the mentally handicapped in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, from 1991-1993, as a special education teacher at Marygrove College Learning and Writing Center, Detroit, MI, until 1994, parish educator in Plymouth, NH and English teacher to employees at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY, until 2006.
Sister Beatrice Carvalho, MM, is also celebrating her 70th jubilee with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Hawi, HI, Sister Beatrice is an educator who has served in Nicaragua, Panama, Mexico, and her native Hawaii, where she also served as Guidance Department Chair for St. Anthony’s School on Maui. She also worked among the poor in Guatemala and as co-director of the congregation’s orientation program for new sisters, prior to her retirement in 2006.
Sister Rose Marie Franklin, MM, is also marking her 70th anniversary with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Oak Park, IL, Sister Rose Marie served in Korea, working in catechetics, as well as providing secretarial support services in various locations. A graduate of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, with a Ph. D. in sociology, she also served as Coordinator of Development and World Order and Coordinator of World Associates for Global Education Associates, New York, NY, from 1982-1983, as an interviewer for Louis Harris & Associates, New York, NY, from 1983-1984; and was involved in research and peace education and coordinator of the Peace & Discernment Program for the Intercommunity Center for Justice & Peace, New York, NY, and E. Orange, NJ, from 1984-1990.
Sister Virgeen Healey, MM, is also celebrating 70 years as a Maryknoll Sister. Born in St. Louis, MO, Sister Virgeen has taught catechetics for over 30 years, first at St. James the Apostles Parish, Carmel, NY, then in California and the Philipppines, serving at the Philippine Agency for Community and Family (PACF), Navatos, from 1978-1983 and 1994-2008. She holds an M.A. in Theological Studies from Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll, NY.
Sister Frances Horan, MM, is also marking 70 years with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Sister Frances served as Director of Religious Education at St. Mary’s Parish, Balboa, from 1988-2008. A 1973 graduate of DePaul University, Chicago, with a B.S. in elementary education, she also provided secretarial support services at Maryknoll facilities in and around Ossining, NY, from 1948-1957 and 1959-1966, as well as in Houston, TX, from 1957-1959, and Chicago, IL, from 1966-1971.
Sister Rita Kane, MM, is also celebrating her 70th jubilee with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Sterling, IL, Sister Rita is actively involved in Pax Christi; Center Cerns, the congregation’s in-house justice and peace group; and serves as a lector for Masses held at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY. She taught second grade at Transfiguration School in New York City’s Chinatown from 1949-1950, under her religious name, Sister Maura Charles, and fourth grade in Hawaii from 1950-1953. She also worked with underprivileged children in Hawaii, through social work, from 1953-1965, served as Maryknoll Sisters’ Hawaii Regional Mission Planning and Program from 1965-1970 and on its Hawaii Regional Governing Board from 1979-1983, as a probation officer with Family Court for the State of Hawaii, working with juvenile offenders from 1970-1979, as a counselor at a shelter for abused spouses and children in Honolulu from 1980-1985, and providing counseling to abusive men in Nanakuli from 1988-1992. From 1994 – 2007 Sister Rita was very active in literacy programs, English tutoring, prison ministry, visits to the sick and bringing communion to the homebound in Nanakuli. She also formed groups of ex-prisoners who, with their families, meet periodically as support, to celebrate life and help each other, and was lector and Eucharistic Minister at the parish, often substituting for the priest in holding communion services, when he was not available.
Sister Camilla Kennedy, MM, has also been a Maryknoll Sister for 70 years. Born in Syracuse, NY, Sister Camilla, who holds a doctorate in theology from St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, taught in the Marshall Islands from 1950-1964. She was then assistant novice mistress of the congregation’s residence in Valley Park, MO, and Director of Formation for its St. Louis residence from 1969-1976. A renewal and ongoing education consultant at the Maryknoll Sisters Center from 1982-1994, Sister Camilla then served as Coordinator of Mission Research from 1994-1999 and as the consultant for Canon Law from 1999-2004, officially retiring in 2006.
Sister Helen Phillips, MM, is also celebrating 70 years with Maryknoll Sisters. The photo library manager for Maryknoll Sisters, she was born in Hollis, NY, and holds an M.A. in religious studies from Maryknoll Seminary and a bachelor’s in education from Maryknoll Teachers College, both in Maryknoll, NY. She taught catechetics for many years, first in California from 1949-1957, then Peru from, 1960-1961 and Bolivia from 1961-1966. She also served as principal and teacher in Arequipa, Peru, from 1966-1979, as a member of the congregation’s Promotion Department, speaking at churches and parish schools until 1979, then Center Coordinator from 1979-1982. She also served as Secondary Education Coordinator for the National Office of Propagation of the Faith, New York, NY, from 1982-1989, provided leadership training through RENEW in Nigeria, then did mission education, pastoral, ecumenical and translation work in Hawaii from 1991-1993, and mission education in Australia and New Zealand in 1993. She also served as Orientation Director for the Maryknoll Fathers Language Institute in Cochabamba from 1993-1997, and has served in communications, website coordination and photo library management at the Maryknoll Sisters Center since 1998.
Sister Margaret Sehlstedt, MM, is also marking her 70th jubilee with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Baltimore, MD, Sister Margaret has spent much of her ministry life in Japan, first as an English teacher from 1950-1954, then as a catechist from 1954-1971, finally working in local parishes and the diocesan office in Kyoto from 1975-1979. A graduate of Maryknoll Teachers College, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in education in 1950, Sister Margaret also holds a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from Central Islip Psychiatric Hospital, Central Islip, NY, entered Maryknoll at its motherhouse near Ossining, NY, in 1944 from St. Mark’s Parish, Catonsville, MD, and made her final vows on March 7, 1950, at the motherhouse. A 1950 graduate of Maryknoll Teachers College, Maryknoll, NY with a bachelor’s degree in education, Sister Margaret also holds a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education from Central Islip Psychiatric Hospital, Central Islip, NY, worked at Maryknoll Nursing Home from 1981-1985, and as chaplain of Providence Hospital, Cincinnati, OH, from 1986-2000
Sister Joan Cordis Westhues, MM, is also celebrating 70 years with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Jefferson City, MO, Sister Joan Cordis holds an M.A. in socio-theological Studies from Asian Social Institute, Manila, Philippines and a B.S. in chemistry from Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY. She served a total of 28 years in the Philippines, serving as novice mistress in Manila, teaching in a local high school, and working in several community-based health programs. She also worked in Bangladesh, where she worked at the Center for Women with Addictions in Dhaka, opening BACHA (the Bangladesh Alternative Course for Human Advancement) Education for Life Center in 1995. In 1997 she began working with youth in Dhaka, as well. Sister Joan Cordis also served as principal of BACHA English Medium School from 2001-2006. She returned from Bangladesh to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 2013.
Sister Mary Sophia Aihara, MM, is celebrating 60 years with Maryknoll Sisters this year. Born in Ashiya City, Hyogo-ken, Japan, she has been a missioner in her homeland since 1958. A graduate of Sacred Heart University, Tokyo, with an M.A. in English literature, she has taught English, math and religion, worked in local Japanese parishes, and helped translate content into Japanese for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Following her formal retirement in 1989, Sister Sophia moved to Tokyo, where she currently resides, participating in catechetical, educational and family ministry until 2005, and pastoral ministry with women and prayer to the present day.
Sister Rose Marie Cecchini, MM, also marks 60 years with Maryknoll Sisters this year. Born in Stockton, CA, Sister Rose Marie worked for two years in the Promotion and Vocations Departments at Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY, before being sent to Japan in 1961. There she taught English and catechism, and served in hospital and home visition until 1970. From 1971-1979, she taught the Sociology of Religion at Sophia University Tokyo, as well as . religious education coordinator of the local US Air Force base. In 1983 she published a dissertation on “Women’s Action for Peace and Justice” a comparative study of women’s groups and organizations in Japan, the Philippines, and Italy, and worked with women in peace education from 1986-1990. From 1991-1995, Sister Rose Marie worked with women in Nepal, returning to the US in 1996. She currently works with Native Americans in Gallup, MN, where she founded a culture program teaching teens about their Native American history and culture.
Sister Catherine Erisman, MM, also celebrating her 60th jubilee with Maryknoll Sisters, is co-coordinator of the Rogers Community, Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY. Born in Framingham, MA, Sister Catherine began her missionary service as a teacher of geography, current affairs, mathematics and music, as well a staff person of the school clinic in Morogoro, Tanzania, from 1957-1963, then Mwanza, Tanzania, from 1963-1965, becoming headmistress of the Sisters’ school in Bukobo, Tanzania, in 1965, and serving there until 1973. She also taught at secondary schools in Moshi, then Nangwa, Tanzania, from 1973-1980. After five years working at the Maryknoll Sisters Center Health Unit, Maryknoll, NY, she returned to Africa, working in Sudan, Kenya and Somalia, primarily with refugees, then with AIDS patients and their families in Tanzania, where she held found and administrate the Jesuit Refugee Service from 1995-2003. Following four years serving at the Center, she returned to Kenya, where she wrote a history of the congregation’s work in Tanzania from 2008-2010.
Sister Martha Getchel, MM, also marking 60 years as a Maryknoll Sisters, was a missionary to Peru for 49 years. Born in Minneapolis, MN, Born Sister Martha graduated from Good Counsel College, White Plains, NY, with a B.S. in business and education in 1954, and served as president of the school’s Mission Society. Following two years working as a secretary at Maryknoll’s St. Teresa’s Residence, Sister Martha was sent to Peru, where she taught business subjects from 1960-1967 and with Bishop Edward Fedders, MM, as secretary-treasurer of the Juli Prelature, and training religious education instructors for the Prelature’s Office of Catholic Education from 1968-1984. She also served as regional coordinator of Maryknoll Sisters in Peru from 1978-1981. Sister Martha then worked in the Maryknoll Sisters Center Employee Personnel Office from 1985-1989, followed by another 11 years in Peru, where she was involved with a family catechetics program in Tacna from 1989-2009.
Sister Rosemary Huber, MM, is also celebrating 60 years with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Borden, IN, Sister Rosemary worked as a secretary at Maryknoll and as a teacher at Transfiguration School, New York City, before being sent to her first overseas assignment in Pusan, Korea in 1965. There she worked at the Armed Forces Memorial Hospital until 1969, when the hospital administration was given into the care of religious and lay Koreans. From 1969-1973, Sister Rosemary worked in administration at the congregation’s motherhouse near Ossining, NY, serving as director of support services and on the budget committee. In 1973, Sister Rosemary was sent to Indonesia, where she served as an advisor on hospital administration at a government hospital in Bandung, assisting directors of an 850-bed Muslim health care until 1980. She was then sent to Jakarta to serve as Management Bureau Director for the nation’s Association of Voluntary Health Services until 1983, and as Second Secretary of the Board of Trustees for the Centre for Biomedical Ethnics Development, from 1983-1991. Sister Rosemary was then sent to East Timor, where she did medical and pastoral work until 1992. She then served as director of Congregational Health Services at Maryknoll Sisters Center from 1992-1997. From 1998-2003, Sister Rosemary worked in Nepal, briefly as a teacher, then as administrator for Patan Hospital and United Mission to Nepal from 2000-2003. She then worked in the Center’s Communications Office from 2004-2007, and coordinator of the Sisters’ residence in Monrovia, CA, from 2007-2010.
Sister Agnes Mary Joy, MM, is also marking her 60th anniversary with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Newburgh, NY, Sister Agnes’ first assignment was to Panama, where she taught freshman and sophomore English San Antonio High School, Puerto Armuelles from 1957-1964. She was then sent to Puebla, Mexico, where she was technical director in a Jesuit elementary school for boys from 1964-1967. Sister Agnes returned to the motherhouse at Maryknoll, NY, in 1967, serving as assistant headmistress until 1969, when she was named assistant to the congregation’s director of formal education. In 1971, she joined the congregation’s Orientation Team, serving with them until 1973. She then served as Director of Chaplains for the Harris County Hospital District and Clinical Pastoral Education Supervisor for the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Ben Taub Medical Center, Harris County Hospital District, Houston, from 1974-2004.
Sister Elsie Monge, MM, is a human rights advocate and educator. Born in Quito, Ecuador, Sister Elsie’s first assignment was teaching elementary school students in Jacaltenango and Huehuetenango, Guatemala, from 1958-1963. She was then sent to Panama, where she served as secretary to Archbishop Marcos Gregorio McGrath, C.S.C. and a teacher at Colegio San Vicente in Santiago from 1964-1972. She was responsible for coordinating the pedagogical team at San Vicente and implementing educational philosopher Paolo Freire’s ideas by radio from 1972-1974, and also served as a member of the congregation’s Regional Governing Board during that time. Sister Elsie then became engaged in rural community development in Ecuador from 1974-1988, becoming involved with the Ecuadoran Human Rights Commission in 1984, and being named its executive director in 1994, a position she held until 2001. In 1996, Sister Elsie was also named president of FEDHU, the Human Rights National Network of Ecuador, winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her work. She also received Ecuador’s Woman of the Year Award in 2005. From 2007-2010, Sister Elsie was involved with the Truth Commission of Ecuador, an organization established to investigate human rights abuses that occurred in the country from 1984-2007. She continues to live and work for human rights issues in Ecuador.
Sister Dora Rosa Nuetzi, MM, is also celebrating her 60th jubilee with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Olten, Switzerland, Sister Dora’s first assignment was teaching second grade at Transfiguration School, New York, NY, from 1962-1965. She was then sent to Hawaii, where she taught second grade in Kahili-Waena from 1965-1969, as well as second and third grades in Kalihi-Kalaiwa in 1968 and 1969. Sister Dora then served as coordinator of religious education for St. John’s Parish, Honolulu, from 1969-1972, and for St. Anthony Parish, Wailuku, Maui, from 1972-1974. She then worked for two years in the congregation’s Promotion Department with its World Awareness Team, speaking at local schools and parishes throughout the United States. Returning to Hawaii in 1976, Sister Dora worked at Kalihi Valley Homes, a low income housing project, where she served as a volunteer community worker from 1976-1978, then director of religious education from 1980-1985. She then answered a call to the Marshall Islands, where she developed religious education programs and taught for the next 22 years. She returned to the U.S. in 2007, working in faith formation at St. John de la Salle Church, Chicago, IL, until 2011. She presently resides at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, near Ossining, NY.
Sister Marian Puszcz, MM, a physician and chaplain, also marks her 60th jubilee with Maryknoll Sisters this year. Born in Yonkers, NY, Sister Marion’s first assignment was to Tanzania, where she worked in two dispensaries, one in Nyegina, from 1957-1958, and the second in Kowak from 1958-1965. She then returned to the United States to pursue further study at Metropolitan Hospital, New York, NY, while also serving as a travelling speaker for the congregation’s Promotion Department, from 1965-1967. Sister Marion returned to Tanzania in 1967, where she did medical work in Dar Es Salaam from 1967-1969. She was then sent to Kenya, where she did medical work in Machakos until 1971, when she joined the staff of Provincial General Hospital, Nyeri, Kenya. In December, 1972, she became a staff doctor at Provincial General Hospital, Mombasa, where she served until returning to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 1976. Sister Marion then join the congregation’s cloister community, where she served from 1977 until 1980. In 1981, She became an attending gynecologist for New York Medical College’s Youth Health Services Department, attending obstetrician and gynecologist for Metropolitan Hospital’s Family Life Unit, and an consultant gynecologist, counselor, and child psychology team members for adolescents in Metropolitan’s Mental Health Unit. This intense workload would continue through 1987 and also including service at Covenant House, a crisis intervention program for homeless teenagers, New York Foundling Hospital’s Family Care and Visiting Home Nurse Service, and Phelps Hospital, Ossining, NY. From 1988-1994, she was medical director of St. Paul’s Hospital, Shelabunia, Bangladesh, then obstetrician and gynecologist for Fatima Hospital, Jessore, Bangladesh, from 1994-1996. She also taught in various schools in Bangladesh during this time. In 1997, Sister Marion moved to Leon, Nicaragua where she taught English as a Second Language and assisted with home building projects for flood victims for four years. Since 2001, she has been serving as chaplain of Hope Hospital and the local police department in Monrovia, CA, and volunteered with the community’s Meals on Wheels program and Foothills Unity Center for low-income and homeless residents, and Eucharistic minister at Immaculate Conception Church, Monrovia.
Sister Miedal Stone, MM, is also celebrating 60 years with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Los Angeles, CA, Sister Miedal spent nearly her entire missionary life in China. She was first assigned to Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital, Kowloon, China, where she served as supervisor of its clinical laboratory from 1971-1973, then taught at Maryknoll Sisters School, Hong Kong, from 1974-1976, beginning work as worked at Caritas’ Elderly Services Office, Hong Kong, then returned to the motherhouse, where she served as Main House Council Coordinator from 1998-2001, and as delegate to the congregation’s 15th General Assembly Task Force in 2002. Returning to China in 2003, she worked with the elderly at Caritas Day Time Center, Yuen Long, for a year, then doing hospital visitation and tutoring in Kowloon from 2003-2006, and finally serving with Diocesan Commission Hospital Pastoral Care, Hong Kong, from 2006-2007. After returning to the Center in 2008, she served as co-coordinator of the Center’s Chi-Rho Community in 2008, as Inter-Assembly Conference member in 2011, and contact person for the congregation’s China Region in 2013.
Sister Mary Lou Teufel, MM, is also celebrating her 60th anniversary with Maryknoll Sisters. Born in Cincinnati, OH, Sister Mary Lou was a flight research assistant for the Curtis-Wright Corporation, Columbus, OH, a school teacher in Lykens, OH, and recreation director in Japan and Korea, employed as a civilian with the U.S. Army prior to entering Maryknoll. Her first assignment as a religious was teaching secondary school at Maryknoll Sisters School, Hong Kong, from 1957-1970. She then served as a member of the congregation’s Central Governing Board at Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY, from 1970-1975. Returning to China in 1976, she worked at Maryknoll Hospital, Hong Kong, serving on their governing board and as an advisor to Maryknoll Sister School Alumnae Association, until 1999. In 1983, she was named associate director of the Justice & Peace Center for the Center for Progress of Peoples in Hong Kong, also serving as editor of its newsletter, ASIALINK, from 1983-1999. She returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 1999.
Founded in 1912, Maryknoll Sisters is the first US-based congregation of women religious dedicated to foreign mission. Working primarily among the poor and marginalized in 26 countries around the world, they now number nearly 500 members from both the US and overseas.