Sister Isabel Rabbon Maryknoll Sister for 67 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Isabel Rabbon died on May 19th, 2024 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY. She was 90 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years.

On June 17th, 1933, Isabel was born in Wailuku, Maui, HI to Irene (Ragsag) Rabbon and Dionisio Rabang Rabbon.  She had one brother, John and two sisters, Socorro and Rufina; her sister Rufina and brother John survive her.

From 1948-1951, Isabel attended St. Anthony’s High School in Wailuku, HI.   She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Marymount College in 1954 in Salina, KS.  She taught fourth grade at Lanai City Elementary in Maui County until 1956.  She then entered the Maryknoll Sisters in Maryknoll, NY on September 2nd, 1956 (from her home parish of St. Sophia, Molokai, HI).  She pronounced her First Profession of Vows on June 24th, 1959 in Maryknoll, NY and her Final Profession of Vows on June 24th, 1965 in Santiago, Chile.

After her First Profession, in 1959, Sister Isabel was assigned to teach at St. Anthony School in the Bronx, NY.  In 1963, she was assigned to Chile, serving as both teacher and pastoral minister in San Juan de Dios in Santiago until 1968. From 1969-1974, she served as Pastoral Minister in Parroquia La Asuncion in Talcahuano, Chile.

In 1975, Sister Isabel was asked to serve on the West Coast Admissions Team until 1978.  At the end of her time of service, she received this note of thanks from Sister Barbara Hendricks, then President of the Congregation: “Because of Sisters like you, we feel new hope and new life stirring up.  I hope that your heart has been strengthened by your time here at the Center. You certainly have strengthened the heart of the Community.”

Sister Isabel was assigned to the Central Pacific Region in 1979 and in the same year began to minister to the Catholic Community in Kaunakakai, Molokai as a Pastoral Associate. She served in three different parishes until 1990.  During her years in Molokai, she also served on the Regional Governing Board from 1986-1989. She would serve again, beginning in 2001.

In 1991, she became a Pastoral Associate at Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Lanai City, Lanai. In August 1994, she received a letter asking her to serve on the Admissions Team once again, this time at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY from 1995 – 1999.

In 2022, Sister Isabel was assigned to the Eden Community at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY to retire. She remained at the center until her death.

Funeral Services:

A Vespers Service was held for Sister Isabel Rabbon on Thursday, May 23rd, 2024 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, May 24th, 2024 at 10:00 A.M. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.