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Sister Madeline McHugh, Maryknoll Sisters for 78 Years Dies

 

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Madeline Cecilia McHugh, missioner, contemplative and educator died on January 16, 2018.  She was 97 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for 78 years.

She was born in Elizabeth, NJ on November 9, 1920 to Mary (Serafin) McHugh and Matthew McHugh. She had two brothers: John and Matthew, Jr. and four sisters: Clare, Mary, Rita and Rose, all have predeceased her.

Madeline graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Elizabeth, NJ in 1938.  After graduation from high school, she attended Battin Night School for seven months in 1938 -1939 receiving a Certificate in Shorthand and Typing.  She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Community in Maryknoll, NY from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Elizabeth, NJ on June 10, 1939.  At her reception into the Congregation, she received the religious name Sister Alma Therese and made her First Profession of Vows on January 6, 1942 and her Final Profession of Vows on January 6, 1945, both at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, in Maryknoll, NY. From 1941 to 1945, she obtained a Bachelor of Education Degree at Maryknoll Teachers College, in Maryknoll, NY.  After graduation she was assigned to Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii from 1945 -1961. She also attended a speech course at the University of Hawaii in 1950.  She taught second and fifth grade, shorthand and Art at St. Anthony’s School in Maui.

In 1961, Sister Madeline returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY where she served as Vocation Department Secretary until 1965 and then as Vocation Director until 1968. In 1968, she attended Iona College where she obtained a Certificate in Theology.  She was assigned to Guatemala City, Guatemala where she did language study from November until March, 1969.  She then moved to Huehuetenango, Guatemala where she did pastoral work with women. In October, 1969 she moved to Balboa in the Panama Canal Zone to teach Religion, English and Typing in secondary school and Music in primary school.

In January, 1972 Sister Madeline joined the Maryknoll Sisters Cloister Community where she worked as a secretary as well as in the kitchen and the Altar Bread Department.  In March, 1979 she obtained permission to live an eremitical life at Nazareth Hermitage in Ava, Missouri for one year, after which she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Cloister in Maryknoll, NY; where she again lived the eremitical life from June 1981 to 1986.

In March 1986, she and Maryknoll Sister, Sr. Theresa Baldini left for Cairo, Egypt for Arabic Studies for six months before proceeding to Juba in the South Sudan where they set-up a contemplative community.  In May 1991, the two Sisters went to the town of Torit, but were forced to leave in May, 1992 because of war.  From 1992 to 2000, Sister Madeline returned to the Maryknoll Cloister in Maryknoll, NY where she prepared an office book with inclusive language, worked on Cloister archives and was Director of Music. In 2000, the two Sisters again returned to the South Sudan to the town of Narus where they set-up a prayer ministry. In 2010, they returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Cloister Community, now known as the Maryknoll Sisters Contemplative Community in Maryknoll, New York where Sister Madeline died. Sister Madeline has willed her body to Medical Science.

Prayers and Sharing of memories will be held for Sister Madeline on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at Maryknoll Sisters Center.   The Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Sisters Center .

Ministry In Line with UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

By Sister Marvie L. Misolas, MM

When I am not teaching my graduate students at Miriam College and Philippine Women Universities, I find myself visiting farmers and their communities whom I collaborate with projects that promote sustainable development through forest and watershed restorations and conservation to address climate change. My purpose in working on these projects is to align my work/ministry with some of the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs).
In early March, I was invited by a peasant movement leader, Maria (Maria is used as a pseudonym for the farmer leader to protect her identity), to collaborate with 10 peasant families who have been displaced recently from their farming land because of land grabbing by powerful developers who are supported by town leaders. Maria’s husband was murdered a year ago inside their farm area. Thus, their families left their farmland land and are in hiding for fear of their lives.

The seedling production project will be situated somewhere in Laguna using a borrowed land. The community joined the government’s National Greening Program. The government agency on natural resources (DENR)will buy the seedlings from them for P7 each (about 15cents of a dollar). The group entered an agreement whereby Rizal Provincial Environment Office will buy 20,000 Acacia, Narra (a Philippine hardwood) and Ipil-ipil seedlings. These seedlings will be planted in watershed areas somewhere in Tanay, Rizal sometime in July or August. With funding from Maryknoll Sisters, the farmers and their families worked together to prepare and plant the more than 20,000 seedlings during the months of April and May. These seedlings will be bought by the Rizal-PENRO in July-August when rainy season starts and planting tree seedlings will be carried out.

In mid-May, Maria and I visited the seedling production area. Nestled at the foot of a mountain, the seedlings are neatly arranged in rows and batches of 200 counts. They are like jade slabs sparkling in the sun. Philip and wife were tending the seedlings while the children playing around. The seedling area consisted of about a hectare of clearing in the middle of forest and coconut plantations. The families used the red soil in the area mixed with rice hulls in black seedling pouches.

It was fun to meet the families who were part of the project. One of those I visited had fruit tree seedlings in their backyard, and the children were excited to show me their plants. Before I left, the family gave me a bunch of green cooking bananas harvested from their backyard to take to the convent.

I went back in late July for another site visit. Philip and I checked the seedlings that were almost two feet tall but we noticed some insects are eating the leaves of acacia seedlings. We checked and found out ants were eating the leaves and so he decided that to spray the ants to save most of the seedlings. After two weeks, I received a call from Maria saying, most of the farm seedlings’ leaves dried as well as the grass around the seedlings, suspecting someone sabotaged the seedlings ready for planting by spraying weed killer. The incidence was reported to the local police hoping to get the perpetrators. Meanwhile, the farmers did their best to save the remaining good seedlings. In August, most of the seedlings were transferred to the mountains of Rizal for reforestation.

Maria and her group wrote a critical reflection of their effort to help in the reforestation program of the government and the lessons learned from this initial project. The project promoted their livelihood while helping rehabilitate the Philippine forest and collaborating with government agency. They are also aware that their group is vulnerable to attacks by people who are against them who are fighting to advocate for farmers right to land and livelihood.

Sister Eileen Franz, Maryknoll Sister for 67 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Eileen Franz died on November 5, 2017 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, in Maryknoll, NY. She was 89 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years. She was born in Jersey City, NJ on December 3, 1927 to Margaret (Hennessy) Franz and Charles J. Franz, Jr. She has one sister, Regina and one brother, John. Both of her parents have predeceased her, she is survived by both of her siblings.

In 1945, Eileen graduated from St. Dominic’s Academy, in Jersey City, NJ. After graduation she worked for three months at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company before attending St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, in Jersey City where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing in 1948. She then worked as a nurse in St. Francis Hospital from 1948 to 1950. Eileen then joined the Public Health Nursing Service of Jersey City from March to August, in 1950. In 1973, she earned a Nursing Refresher Certificate at Mt. Sinai Hospital, in NYC and a Nursing Techniques Refresher Certificate from Pace University, in Pleasantville, NY in 1979.

Eileen entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. on September 6, 1950 from St. Joseph’s Parish, in Oradell, NJ.  At her Reception of the Habit, she received the religious name Sister Marea Consuela.   She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7, 1953 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

In 1953, Sister Eileen was assigned to Taiwan where she studied Mandarin and the Hakka languages.  In 1956, she was briefly sent to Hong Kong to work in the Sisters Vestment Department at the Maryknoll Sisters Boundary Street Convent and study Cantonese. Sister Eileen made her Final Profession of Vows on March 7, 1959 in Taiwan.  From 1957-1967, she did catechetical work and assisted the sick in the parishes of Tahu, Miaoli and Towfen.

In 1968, Sister Eileen was assigned to Hong Kong and worked at Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital in Kowloon until 1971; she then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll NY. There she served in many different Departments at the Center up until her last days: the Wellness Center (out patient care), the Library, the nursing Home, and the Treasury Dept.

A Vespers service will be held on November 8, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, in Maryknoll, NY.  A funeral Mass will follow on November 9, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. also at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds.

 

Sister Eileen Franz-Memorial Video from Maryknoll Sisters on Vimeo.

50th Jubilee-Sister Lourdes Fernandez, M.M.

Sister Lourdes Fernandez, M.M. celebrated her 50th Golden Jubilee on Sunday, September 24 in the Main Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center..

Sister Lourdes was born and raised in Ramon, Isabela of Northeast Luzon in the Philippines.   She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Saint Rita’s College in Manila, Philippines.  Before entering the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in 1967, she was a teacher for two years in the Philippines at La Salette Elementary School and at the Maryknoll Grade School.

Sister Lourdes’s first mission assignment was in Hawaii, where she taught grade school at Saint Ann’s School in Kaneohe from 1969-1971. She was then assigned to Hong Kong in 1971, where she was a teacher for special needs students at Meng Tak School. From 1974-1985, she served as the Co-Founder and Director of the Workers Formation Program for industrial workers at the Kwun Tong Pastoral Center in Hong Kong. The program offered social, cultural, educational and spiritual services to youth in the workforce. From 1986-1991, she was a teacher at the Asian Workers Exchange in Hong Kong.

In 1991, Sister Lourdes returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in the U.S. and worked as a journalist, photographer, graphic artist and filmmaker in the Maryknoll Sisters Communications Office until 1994. In 1995, she was assigned to Albania to do pastoral work, where she made home visits to families in need.

In 2014, Sister Lourdes was assigned to the Vocation Ministry Team of the Congregation based in the Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary in Baguio City, Philippines. Today, she still serves on the Vocation Ministry Team.

“I can say my Golden Jubilee is truly a Celebration of God’s Love.”-Sister Lourdes Fernandez

 

50th Jubilee-Sister Margaret Rose Ibe, M.M.

Sister Margaret Rose Ibe, M.M.  celebrated her 50th Golden Jubilee on Sunday, September 24 in the Main Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

Sister Margaret Rose  was born in Queens, New York in 1942.  She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in 1967. She worked at the Maryknoll Sisters Center from 1969-1972, in the treasury department, local bursar’s office, and on the switchboard; while studying for her Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education, which she received from Mary Rogers College in Maryknoll, New York in 1972.

Sister Margaret Rose’s first foreign mission assignment was to Indonesia in 1972. After language study in Bandung, she taught short courses on home economics and budgeting in 1972. She then served as a staff member at KUPERDA, an organization for the education of village leaders, from 1974-1976.

She then returned to New York, where she completed her year of reflection, earning a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies from the Maryknoll Graduate School of Theology in 1977.  Following graduation, Sister Margaret Rose became involved in literacy training and human rights group work and was a staff member of the Brazilian Bishops Program of International Study Days. She also worked several days a week at an outreach program sponsored by the Department of Community Medicine at Saint Vincent’s Hospital, in New York City.

In 1978, Sister Margaret Rose received her second foreign mission assignment to Peru. Following six months of language study in Cochabamba, she began work at the Ciudad de Dios Parish in Lima, where she worked in adult education and community organization with women. She also co-founded and worked on the Vicariate Commission of Human Rights for 18 years, until the vicariate was made into the Diocese of Lurin. At that time, she was named Director of the Diocesan Human Dignity Commission. The Commission operates four centers of justice for low- or no-income people, with a total of ten legal offices and four resolutions of conflict offices. They also have a multidisciplinary education team that gives workshops in leadership training for leaders in 47 parishes of the diocese. The training topics include: ethics and values, children’s and women’s rights, adolescent and women’s issues, and topics related to the family.

Sister Margaret Rose has worked in Peru since 1978 where she is still on mission today.  She was involved with human rights advocacy on the local, metropolitan and national levels, both church and civic. She has been actively involved in the “building of the city of God” in the Lurin Diocese on the southern outskirts of Lima.

 

50th Jubilee-Sister Teresita Perez, M.M.

 

Sister Teresita Perez celebrated her 50th Golden Jubilee on Sunday, September 24 in the Main Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

Sister Teresita was born in Altavas in the province of Aklan in the Philippines. She grew up in Makati City, Philippines and was the only girl among seven brothers. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines. In 1967, she entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from the Archdiocese of Manila.

She was assigned to Peru in 1969, where she made her First Profession of Vows in 1970 in Arequipa and her Final Vows in the same city in 1975.  In Arequipa, Lima and Tacna, her ministries varied from secondary teaching, parish work among families, pastoral leadership training and youth ministry to hospital chaplaincy. She founded and coordinated hospital Eucharistic ministers in Lima as well as coordinating the Health Commission of the Conference of Religious.

After 24 years as a missioner in Peru, Sister Teresita was assigned to the Philippines in 1993, where she shared the richness of her mission experiences as well as learned about all that had changed in her absence. At Miriam College (formerly Maryknoll College), she taught Theology and Spanish and organized the Campus Ministry Office of the Higher Education Unit, serving 2,200 students. She facilitated retreats to faculty, students and staff, mentored the Liturgy Committee and incorporated liturgical dance in special celebrations.

In 1995, on World Youth Day in Manila, Philippines she coordinated the Catechetical Section, the liturgical celebrations and the thematic event; where she taught the Universal Dances of Peace to 2,000 foreign and local delegates meeting there for 3 full days. In the summer months, she was a member of the group that served the adoptive community of Miriam College in its literacy program among the indigenous peoples in Tanay, Rizal.

At the invitation of Bishop Paul Gwong from Myanmar (Burma), Sister Teresita gave a month-long workshop, “Teaching English as a Second Language” to 30 high school teachers.

Presently, she resides at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, New York where she remains an active volunteer for the local community.  She volunteers as a bi-lingual interpreter at Brookside Elementary School and at Maryknoll Neighbors Link (a local immigration program). She also volunteers at the Ossining Library in their “Reading Buddies Program” to help people who need to improve their reading skills.

Sister Mary Louise Teufel, Maryknoll Sister for 63 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Mary Lou Teufel, missioner, educator and peace and justice activist died on September 29, 2017. She was 94 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for 63 years.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 19, 1922 to Mary (Gosink) Teufel and Anthony L. Teufel, she had two brothers, Richard A. and John M. and three sisters: Rita, Clare and Catherine, all of whom have predeceased her.

Mary Lou graduated from Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard, Ohio in June 1940.  After graduation she attended the University of Cincinnati but transferred to the University of Minnesota in 1943 where she obtained a Certificate in Aeronautical Engineering. In 1944-1946 she attended Ohio State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1945 and from September 1945 to June 1946 a Bachelor of Science in Education. From September 1967 to August 1968 she attended the University of Illinois and obtained a Masters of Arts in Education, majoring in Mathematics. During these years her work experience was quite varied: from 1944 to 1946 she was a Flight Research Assistant at Curtiss-Wright Aircraft Corporation in Columbus, OH; from 1946 to 1948 she taught high school Mathematics and History in Lykens, OH and then was Recreation Director in the Department of Army Special Services (USO) in Japan and Korea from 1948 to 1952.

Mary Lou entered the Maryknoll Sisters’ Novitiate at Valley Park, MO from St. Clare’s Parish in Cincinnati, OH  on February 2, 1954.  At her Reception she received the religious name Sister Maryam and made her First Profession of Vows on September 8, 1956 at Valley Park, MO. Her Final Profession was made in Hong Kong on September 8, 1962.

Her first assignment overseas was to Maryknoll Sisters School in Hong Kong where she taught from 1957 to 1970. On November 13, 1970 she was elected to the Maryknoll Sisters Central Governing Board at Maryknoll, NY where she served until February 2, 1975.  From April 1975 to April 1976 she was involved in a special assignment to Manila in the Philippines aiding in the transfer of the Administration of Maryknoll College from the Maryknoll Sisters to a Lay Foundation and administration.   At this time the name of the college was changed to Miriam College.  Following this she returned to Hong Kong where she worked in the Business Office of Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital from 1976 to 1982 and was a member of the Governing Board of the same hospital from 1976 to 1999.  During this time she served as Associate Director of the Asia Center for the Progress of Peoples in Hong Kong from 1983 to 1999; as well as Editor of the Center’s Publication, ASIALINK.  She was Maryknoll Advisor to the Alumnae Association of the Maryknoll Sisters Secondary School in Hong Kong from 1976 to 1999.

In October 1999 Sister Mary Lou was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center at Maryknoll, NY where she joined the “Chi Rho” Community and was actively involved in Prayer Ministry for the Hong Kong Macau Region.  In 2010 due to need of greater health care, she joined the Maryknoll Sisters Residential Care Unit where she died accompanied by her niece, Margie Kuntz, and many of her Maryknoll Sisters.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Mary Lou on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. at Maryknoll Sisters Center.  A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. also at the Sisters Center.

Sister_Mary_Louise_Teufel-memorial_video_480p from Maryknoll Sisters on Vimeo.

Sister Jean Pruitt, Maryknoll Sister for 58 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Jean Pruitt died suddenly on September 10, 2017 while on mission in Tanzania. She was 77 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for 58 years.

Jean was born in Detroit, Michigan on October 17, 1939 to Beatrice (Johnston) Pruitt and Dorcie Pruitt. She had two brothers: Harry and Joseph and four sisters: Mary, Margaret, Beatrice, and Donna. She is survived by: Harry, Joseph, Mary, and Margaret. Her parents and two of her sisters Beatrice and Donna have predeceased her.

In 1957, Jean graduated from Bishop Conaty High School in Los Angeles, California. She then entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in Valley Park, Missouri on December 30, 1958 from Santa Ana, Ascension Parish in Los Angeles, California. From 1959-1967, she attended Mary Rogers College in Maryknoll, New York where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. While attending Mary Rogers College, she made her First Profession of Vows on August 22, 1961 at the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Valley Park, Missouri. From 1967-1969, she attended the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, New York where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. While attending Buffalo University, she made her Final Profession of Vows on August 22, 1967 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, New York.

For the past 49 years, Sister Jean has devoted her life to her mission in Tanzania working on several projects and ministries, with a main focus on art ministry and the well being of impoverished youth. In 1968, Sister Jean received her first overseas assignment to Africa, where she studied Kiswahili for one year in Makoko and worked as the Liaison Officer for Catholic Relief Services nutrition program in Dar Es Salaam. From 1972-1993, Sister Jean worked at Nyumba ya Sanaa-Craftsperson Coop, where she was an advocate for fair tax laws for craftpersons. This program began with three people and ended up employing more than 150 youth artisans and artists. In addition to working at the Craftsperson Coop, Sister Jean worked in the first paper mill in Sub Saharan Africa (Nyumba ya Sanaa-Handmade Paper Mill), where she was an advocate for youth involvement in this small scale industry from 1979-1983.

In 1981, Sister Jean and several youth artists pooled their resources together and opened a small artist’s shop called Nyumba Ya Sanaa (House of Art) Center. Sister Jean designed and supervised the entire construction of the center; it has held more than 15 exhibitions of artists in eight different countries. In 1983, Sister Jean received a national award from the President of Tanzania for her contribution to the development of small-scale industry in Tanzania. At that time, she became one of the founding members of Amnesty International of Tanzania. From 1988-1992, while working at the House of Art Center, Sister Jean directed human resource activities for TAMOFA (Tanzania Mozambique Friendship Association) in Southern Tanzania for 100,000 Mozambique refugees. She also initiated the Friendship Ferry Project between Mozambique and Tanzania and advocated for Mozambique refugees with the Ministry of Home Affairs in Tanzania.

Since arriving in Tanzania, Sister Jean has always worked hard for children rights advocacy. She passionately believed that poverty reduction begins with children, especially the most excluded and invisible who are children living on the streets. From 1992-2017, Sister Jean has been working on her Nyumba ya Sanaa’s Street Children Project-Dogodogo Center. Sister Jean founded the center with her vision to give homeless kids a chance at something more than what they see on dirt roads and pavement. The center serves to raise funds for services to street children and offers medical care, counseling, family reunification services, and classes in basic skills. It also offers vocational training in the arts including: arts and crafts, painting, clay, wood, and metal sculpture.

Since 2001, Sister Jean had been working on a Global Network of Religions for Children in Africa (GNRC). This peace building project is part of a global network that is sponsored by the Arigatou Foundation in Japan. It runs a vibrant peace building program addressing the issues of children and their right to peace.

Sister Jean was called home to God on September 10, 2017, up until her last breath she remained very active on her mission in Tanzania with impoverished youth.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday September 20th in Tanzania. Memorial services will begin at 10:30am at Karimje Hall, organized be the Ministry of Culture, Art and Sports; the cremation will follow.

 

Memorial Video-Sister Jean Pruitt from Maryknoll Sisters on Vimeo.

Sister Anita Smith, Maryknoll Sister for almost 70 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Anita M. Smith died on September 4, 2017 at Middlesex Hospital in Middletown, Connecticut. She was 92 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for almost 70 years.

Anita was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 28, 1925 to Anna (Relihan) Smith and John J. Smith. She had one brother, also John J. and five sisters: Frances, Jean, Rosemary, all of whom have predeceased her, and her remaining sisters, Mary and Kathryn.

In 1943, Anita graduated from Vincentian Institute, in Albany, New York. She then attended St. Joseph’s College in West Hartford, Connecticut from 1943 –1947, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business/Economics. Then she entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in Maryknoll, New York from St. Augustine Parish in Hartford, Connecticut.

She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7, 1950 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, New York. That same year, she was assigned to Waialua, Hawaii where she taught 5th and 6th grade. While on mission in Hawaii, she made her Final Profession of Vows on March 7, 1953.

In 1959, Sister Anita was assigned to Punahou, Hawaii to teach 8th grade in the Maryknoll Grade School. She returned to the Connecticut in 1971 to study at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and earned a Masters degree in Education Administration. She then returned to Honolulu, Hawaii after graduation to serve as Principal of Maryknoll Grade School until 1980. In 1981, Sister Anita returned to West Hartford, Connecticut to study at St. Joseph College, where she earned a second Masters degree in Pastoral Ministry.

From 1982 –1983, she did field work in a poor sections of Hartford, Connecticut and in New York City; she also taught Confirmation classes in her local parish. In 1984, Sister Anita returned to Hawaii to do Pastoral work in Kona at the Immaculate Conception Parish. In 1990, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center where she worked in the Congregation’s Office of Congregational and Lay Personnel Employees until 1993. From 1993 – 1997, she joined a community of semi-retired Maryknoll Sisters in Waterbury, Connecticut where they did volunteer work. In 1998, she transferred to the Congregation’s Eastern U.S Region and moved to Marlborough, Connecticut to serve in Family Ministry until 2006 and Family Childcare in Wethersfield, Connecticut until December, 2007. She then worked as school librarian at Covenant Preparatory Academy in Hartford, Connecticut from 2008-2014. 

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Anita on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. 

A Mass of the Resurrection will be held on Friday, September 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center followed by interment at the Sisters cemetery.

Sister Cecilia Wood, Maryknoll Sister for 77 Years Dies

Sister Cecilia Wood Maryknoll Sister for 77 Years Dies

 

Maryknoll, NY: Maryknoll Sister, Sr. Cecilia Wood M.M., died on August 17, 2017 at Our Lady of Victory Training Center, Davao City, Philippines.  She was 95 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 77 years.

Cecilia was born in Seattle, Washington on September 17, 1921 to Catherine (Kelly) Wood and Stephen J. Wood.  She had four brothers, Francis, John, James, and Stephen.   Her parents and brothers Francis and John have predeceased her.

Cecilia graduated from Holy Names Academy, Seattle, WA in 1939. She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from St. John’s Parish, Seattle, (now St. Joseph’s), in the Diocese of Seattle, on December 7, 1939 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY.  She made her First Profession of Vows on June 30, 1942 and her Final Profession of Vows on June 30, 1945, both at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

From 1941 to 1945, she studied at Maryknoll Teachers College in Maryknoll, NY and earned a Bachelor of Education Degree; she was then assigned that same year to Kalihi, Hawaii.  In 1946 she was assigned to the Philippines where she taught at various Maryknoll elementary and high schools until 1962.  She returned to the United States and attended St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO earning her Masters in Science Research Degree and a Ph.D. in Biology-Cancer Research in 1968. Sister Cecilia was then assigned to teach at Mary Rogers College, in Maryknoll, NY from 1968 to 1971 and then taught at Columbia University School of Medicine in NYC from 1970 to 1972. That same year she continued her medical studies at the Medical College of Pennsylvania and obtained her M.D. in 1974. Sister Cecilia then did a medical internship from 1974 – 1975 at Grasslands Hospital, (now Westchester Medical Center) in Valhalla, NY.  The University of the State of New York issued her License to practice medicine.  Sister Cecilia completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at the Catholic Medical Center of Brooklyn and Queens, NY from 1975 – 1977.

Sister Cecilia returned to the Philippines in 1977 where she served on the faculty of the Davao Medical School from 1978 – 1983, while at the same time serving in Muslim villages and in local clinics of Davao City and environs with particular attention to disabled youth in a paraplegic center. In 1983, Our Lady of Victory Training Center was founded in Davao City and Sister Cecilia served as Director and Practicing Physician from 1989 to 2010; during that time she also supported and guided ten college students from Myanmar. Sister Cecilia retired in the Philippines in 2011 where she remained until her death.

A Memorial Mass will be held in the Annunciation Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY on Friday, August 25, 2017 at 11:00AM 

Sister Cecilia will be buried in the Philippines in the Maryknoll Sisters Mausoleum on the Miriam College Campus.

 

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