Sister Katherine Mary Mallon, Maryknoll Sister for 67 Years

Sister Katherine Mary Mallon, Maryknoll Sister for 67 Years
Maryknoll, NY: Sister Katherine Mallon M.M. died peacefully after a long illness on August 24, 2016 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY. She was 88 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years.

Katherine was born in New Rochelle, NY, October 13, 1927 to Mary Webber Mallon and Frank G. Mallon. She had one brother, John, and one sister, Margaret. Her parents, her brother and sister have all predeceased her.

Katherine graduated from St. Gabriel’s High School, New Rochelle in 1947. She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from Blessed Sacrament Parish, New Rochelle in the Archdiocese of New York on September 6. At her Reception, she received the religious name Sister Walter Marie. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7, 1951 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. She remained at the center to give service at the Maryknoll Society Seminary, the Sisters’ Center kitchens and with the Sisters’ Promotion Department. In 1956, she was assigned to study nursing for her L.P.N. at Queen of the World Hospital in Kansas City, MO. She made her Final Profession of Vows on March 7, 1954 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

Sr. Katherine was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters’ T.B. Hospital in Monrovia, CA in 1957 where she was recognized for her excellent nursing skills. In 1968, she was sent to Mexico City for language and culture study after which she went to Jacaltenango Hospital in the Department of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. During the next 30 years, 1968 to 1998 she served the indigenous people of Guatemala— with the exception of three years when she returned to Maryknoll to serve in the Residential Care Unit—doing nursing in rural public health, maternity unit in the hospital, outpatient care, teaching public health in villages which included pre and post natal care, a nutrition center for mal-nourished children, and ministering to AIDS patients and their families.

Failing health necessitated her return to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 2005, where she was a patient in the Maryknoll Sisters Home Care Unit.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Katherine, Monday, August 29 at 4:15 p.m. in the Main Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. A funeral Mass will follow on Tuesday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the center grounds.

Sister Agnes Mary McLean, Maryknoll Missioner to Japan

Sister Agnes Mary McLean, Maryknoll Missioner to Japan
Maryknoll, NY: Sister Agnes Mary McLean, missioner to Japan died on September 6, 2016 in the Maryknoll Sisters’ Center, at Maryknoll, NY. She was 91 years old and would have been a Maryknoll Sister for 70 years on October 5, 2016.

She was born in Lowell, Massachusetts on February 25, 1925 to Agnes Veronica (McHugh) McLean and Arthur William McLean. She received the name Mildred at baptism. She had three brothers, John, George and Edward; the latter two were priests and one sister, Agnes. Her parents and two brothers John and George have predeceased her. Her brother Edward passed away on September 6, 2016 only a few hours after Sr. Agnes Mary. Mildred graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro, MA in 1942. During the summers of 1940 –1941 she attended Bradshaw Business College in Lowell, MA. After high school she attended Salem State Teachers College from 1942 –1946 when she obtained a Bachelors or Science in Education.

Mildred entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from St. Margaret’s Parish, Lowell, MA in the Archdiocese of Boston on October 5, 1946 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY. At her Reception, she received the religious name Sister Agnes Mary, which she retained throughout her religious life. She made her First Profession of Vows on April 6, 1949 in Ossining, NY and was assigned to Kyoto, Japan where she did her language study. She made her Final Profession of Vows on April 6, 1952 in Kyoto.

After three months of language study, Sr. Agnes Mary’s ministries included catechetical work in Tsu, Japan for a year. In 1951 she worked as a secretary in Kyoto before going back to catechetical work in Otsu and Ise Shi parishes until 1958 when she returned to the United States until 1963. During that time she studied Canon Law at Fontbonne, in St. Louis, MO and was Postulant Mistress for one year at the Sisters’ Valley Park Novitiate in Missouri. She returned to Japan in 1963 to the Maryknoll Girls School in Yokkaichi where she taught high school English and Typing. She also taught private English lessons to business men, and classes to teachers in government schools and in Tsu at Mie (National) University during the years 1963 to 1997. The following years in Japan were dedicated to visiting the sick and elderly until her return to the U.S when she was assigned to the Eden Community at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY on April 1, 2008.

Sister Agnes Mary died at the Maryknoll Sisters Center on September 6, 2016.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Agnes Mary on September 8th at 4:15 p.m. in the Main Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. A funeral Mass will follow on September 9th at 11:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Center. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds.