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Sister Patricia Maher, Maryknoll Sister for 71 Years, Dies

Sister Patricia Ann Maher died on March 27th, 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 92 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 71 years.

Patricia was born in Harrisburg, PA on January 14th, 1927 to Helen Mae (Crist) Maher and Joseph P. Maher. She had two brothers, Gerald and Joseph, all of whom have predeceased her; she is survived by her niece.

In 1945, she graduated from Immaculata High School in Detroit, MI.  After graduation, she worked as a clerk in Saks Fifth Avenue in Detroit and Bell Telephone Co. in Harrisburg.  On October 30th, 1947 Patricia entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Valley Park, MO from St. Francis of Assisi Parish (Diocese of Harrisburg).  At her Reception into the Congregation, she received the religious name Sister M. Joseph Aileen. She made her First Profession of Vows on May 8th, 1950 in Valley Park, MO and her Final Profession on May 8th, 1953 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY.  After Vatican Council II she returned to her baptismal name.

From 1951-1954, while at the Maryknoll Sisters Center she studied at Maryknoll Teachers College, earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.

Sister Patricia received her first overseas mission assignment to the Philippine Islands in 1954. There she served as a high school teacher, teaching a variety of different subjects:  English, Religion and biology in Malabon and in Datu Piang.  She was then transferred to Lucena where she served as principal in both the elementary school and high school for the next 14 years.

In 1968, Sister Patricia returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY to attend courses in adult education, group dynamics and psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.  After completing the courses, she conducted a study in the Medical Center Outpatient Department at Presbyterian University in Pennsylvania; the study focused on community relations with minority groups. From 1969-1971, Sister Patricia served as Director of the Community Relations Department at Presbyterian University.  In 1971, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY to serve as Director of the Development Department until 1974.

Sister Patricia’s next overseas assignment was to Central America where she served in the El Salvador/Nicaragua/Panama Region from 1974-1979, there she worked with young adults at the Urban Leadership Training Center.  She also engaged in pastoral work in a housing development colony for 1,200 poor families. Sister Patricia then returned to the U.S. for family ministry, during this time she did pastoral work in the Diocese of Harrisburg among Spanish speaking people from 1980-1992.

From 1993-1997, Sister Patricia was assigned to Bangladesh. there she did tutoring in conversational English with students at the University of Dhaka. It was her hope to gather together a group of students: Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian who could work together interested in pursuing interreligious dialogue in the University.

In 1998 she was assigned to Bolivia, there she served as a tutor in conversational English with college students at San Simon University until 2002.

In 2002, Sister Patricia returned to the U.S. and joined the U.S. Eastern Region of the Congregation.   She lived in Arlington, VA and did volunteer work at the Arlington County Detention Facility and Arlington Hospital, visiting the patients.  She then retired to the Maryknoll Sisters retirement house in Monrovia, CA in 2008, but returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY in 2012, due to declining health.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Patricia at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation on Monday, April 1, 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

A funeral Mass will follow on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Center. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds.

 

Sister Maria Colabella, Maryknoll Sister for 40 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Maria Colabella died on March 19th, 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY.  She was 78 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 40 years.

Maria was born on May 9th, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY to Emelia (Luongo) Colabella and Pasquale Colabella. She had two sisters, Sister Jaqueline Marie, SSND and Geraldine De Luca. Her parents and sisters have all predeceased her.

In 1957, Maria graduated from St. Brendan’s Diocesan High School in Brooklyn, NY. After graduating, she attended Long Island College Hospital School of Nursing in NY where she earned an R.N. diploma in 1960.  She then continued her education and attended St. John’s University in Queens, NY where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in 1964.

From 1965-1967, Maria worked with the Catholic Medical Mission Board in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria as a Nursing Instructor and Supervisor at Maria Assumpta Hospital. In 1968, she joined the Papal Volunteers for Latin America (volunteer Catholic lay missionaries committed to pastoral and social work in Latin America for short-term service).  In preparation for a new assignment, she attended the Catholic University of Puerto Rico for three months to learn Spanish.  Maria was then assigned as Nursing Instructor at the Universidad Santa Maria in Arequipa, Peru for four years. She also worked as a public health nurse and pastoral worker in Chimbote, Peru in association with the Dominican Sisters from Columbus, Ohio for two years.

On September 2nd 1978, Maria entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll, NY. She made her First Profession of Vows on June 28th, 1980 and her Final Vows on May 22nd, 1988. She graduated from the Maryknoll Seminary with a Master of Arts Degree in Theology (Religious Studies) on May 27th, 1988.

In 1981, Sister Maria received her first mission assignment to Ocotal, Nicaragua where she worked in healthcare and did pastoral work in basic Ecclesial Communities.  From 1982-1983, she gave Congregational Service at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY in the Nursing Home, Center Health Unit and in the Communications Department.  In February of 1983, Sister Maria applied for Family Ministry to be near her ill father.  During this time, she also worked at Transfiguration Parish in Brooklyn, NY, working in health programs, counseling for Salvadoran refugees and Hispanic teens.

In 1986, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY for health reasons and renewal (period of rest/relaxation at home for Maryknoll Sisters on mission) until 1988.

In 1989, Sister Maria returned to the Peru/Ecuador Region, however, her health issues necessitated her return to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY in 1990.

From 1991-2014, she began a ministry in the Brooklyn Diocese and the New York Archdiocese among multicultural communities, until she retired.

A Vespers Service will be held on Monday, March 25th, 2019 in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.                                     

The Liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M., also in the Chapel of the Annunciation. Interment will follow at the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Maryknoll Center grounds.

 

 

Sister Paulita Hoffman, Maryknoll Sister for 85 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY-Sister Mary Paulita Hoffman died on March 14th, 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 104 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 85 years.

Mary Rose Hoffmann was born in Cincinnati, OH on August 13th, 1914 to Mary (Dumont) Hoffman and Oscar Hoffman. She was the youngest child in a family of eight children: four sons and three daughters. Her four brothers: John, Oscar-Jacob, Joseph and Oscar-Michael and her three sisters: Marie, Sr. Mary Eileen (Lorraine) and Margaret have all long ago predeceased her.

In 1932, Mary Rose graduated from Our Lady of the Angels High School in St. Bernard, OH and attended The Atheneum-a Catholic institution for Christian formation of priests and laity.  She also was a swimming instructor, Red Cross volunteer and worked in an office.

She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY on June 4th, 1933 from Sacred Heart Parish (Cincinnati Archdiocese).  At her Reception she received the religious name, Sister Mary Paulita, which she retained throughout her religious life. Sister Paulita made her First Profession of Vows on January 6th, 1936 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY. After making her First Vows, she served as Assistant Novice Mistress until 1938, when she received her first overseas mission assignment to China. She made her Final Vows on January 6th, 1939 in Kaying, China.

After language study in 1938, Sister Paulita’s work was in direct evangelization, catechesis, pastoral visiting and native novitiates until 1950, when she was placed under house arrest by the new Communist government. After two years, when Bishop Ford died in the Guangdong prison on February 21st, 1952, (presumed date), Sister Paulita was freed and expelled from China. She went to Hong Kong for a short period and then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY for medical attention. The lack of food during her period of confinement required an emergency operation and treatment. After a long period of recovery, Sister Paulita worked in the Maryknoll Sisters Promotion Department until 1954.

Sister Paulita loved China and the Chinese, and after her recovery in 1954, she was one of the first Sisters assigned to Taiwan. When she had first gone to China, Sister had learned the Hakka language so she chose to go to the Miaoli Deanery for her ministry. Sister first served in Nan Chuang Parish, but lived with other Sisters in the Toufen Convent. This was no problem for Sister since she traveled back and forth every day on her motorcycle! Paulita worked for over 50 years with the Hakka and Aboriginal peoples in Taiwan. She was rewarded for this long and faithful service with a certificate of Permanent Residency making her a citizen of Taiwan.

From 1954 until 2004, Sr. Paulita lived and worked in Taiwan doing a variety of pastoral-catechetical works in a number of parishes in Toufen in Miaoli County, Fenglin in Hualien County and Tungshih in Taichung County.  Among other skills, she was an artist with a keen eye for unique pieces of wood.  Despite the fact that her right hand had been severely crushed in a laundry mangle while she was still a novice, over the years she carved beautiful wood crucifixes from interesting branches she collected on her many mission trips into the mountains of the Miaoli area.

All was not always serene in Taiwan. Sister Paulita relates how she survived a number of earthquakes like the one that claimed some 2,000 lives in September of 1999.  She was at the epicenter of the quake in Tungshih. For three days the Sisters in Taiwan did not know if she had survived.  When they finally made contact with her, she chose to remain for several weeks with the people in Tungshih, sleeping with them on the floor of the parish church – one of the few buildings in town that had remained unscathed.

In 2004, Sister Paulita returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY where she continued to serve her community in various positions until 2012 when she retired. Sister Paulita made it to the remarkable age of 104 years old, despite being placed under house arrest by the Communist Regime, being a victim of a freak accident which left her with a severely crushed hand, and surviving several earthquakes in Taiwan!

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Paulita on Monday, March 18th, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will follow on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., also in the Chapel of the Annunciation. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds.

 

Sister Bernadette Shigeko Higa, Maryknoll Sister for 68 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Bernadette Higa died on March 12th, 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 93 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 68 years.

Shigeko was born in Kaupakalua, Maui, Hawaii on October 12th, 1925 to Kame (Miyashiro) Higa and Ushi Higa. She had two brothers and seven sisters.  One brother and three sisters have predeceased her. She was very close to her Sister Mary Louise, who is also a Maryknoll Sister and an active member of the Congregation today. Shigeko became interested in the Catholic Faith in eighth grade, she was baptized as Bernadette on August 14th, 1943 at Sacred Heart Church in Honolulu, Oahu.

She attended Maui High School for one year, McKinley High School in Honolulu for two years and Maryknoll High School in Honolulu for two years, graduating in 1945. Together, Bernadette and her sister Mary Louise studied at St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Honolulu, from 1946-1949, and both became Registered Nurses.

From 1949-1950, Bernadette worked at St. Francis Hospital. She then entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate with her sister, Mary Louise in Valley Park, MO on February 1st, 1951 from St. Stephen’s Parish in Honolulu. At her Reception, she received the religious name Sister Marie Bernadette. She made her First Profession of Vows on September 8th, 1953 in Valley Park, MO and spent the rest of the year working in the Outpatient Clinic at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. In 1954, Bernadette was assigned to Queen of the World Hospital in Kansas City, MO; while there she made her Final Vows on September 8th, 1959.

After making her Final Vows, she was assigned to Taiwan, there she began her mission with language study. From 1960-1972, Sister Bernadette worked with indigenous people in a pre and post-natal clinic, well baby clinic and held nutrition classes in Taiwan.

In 1973, Sister Bernadette returned to St. Francis Hospital in Honolulu for a refresher course in general nursing.  She then studied at Chaminade College in Honolulu from 1973-1976, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in General Studies.

After doing Congregational Service at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY from 1976-1978, Sister Bernadette was assigned to the Congregation’s new mission project in Bangladesh. While waiting for her visa to Bangladesh, she returned to Honolulu and worked in a Surgeon’s clinic for one year. In Bangladesh, she was involved in Natural Family Planning for three years. In 1984, she returned to Hawaii to serve as an Assistant Chaplain at Hawaii State Hospital. She also studied Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), counseled patients in a mental hospital and provided religious services until 1994.

Sister Bernadette returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY where she worked as a clerk/typist in the Admissions Office until 1997. She then returned to Hawaii once again to do volunteer work in the Regional Office, visit the sick at their homes and in the hospital.

In 2006, Sister Bernadette retired at the Sisters retirement house in Monrovia, CA where she remained until 2011; she then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY due to declining health. She remained at the Sisters Center until the time of her death.

Sister Bernadette died on March 12th, 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY. She was accompanied by her loving sister Mary Louise at the time of her death.

Sister Bernadette will be cremated.

A Vespers Service will be held  on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at Maryknoll Sisters Center.

A Funeral Mass will follow on Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Center.  

Sister Joan Chatfield, Maryknoll Sister for 68 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Joan Chatfield died on March 1st, 2019 in Oahu, Hawaii. She was 86 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 68 years.

Joan was born in Elizabeth, NJ, on October 7th, 1932 to Angela (Mc Cahill) Chatfield and Henry Summers Chatfield.  She had two sisters, Olive and Mary.  Her parents and sisters have predeceased her.

In 1950, Joan graduated from Mount St. Dominic Academy in Caldwell, NJ. She then entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll, NY on September 6th, 1950 from St. Aloysius Parish in Caldwell, NJ (Diocese of Newark).  At her Reception she received the religious name, Sister Dominic Rosaire. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7th, 1953 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY and her Final Profession on March 7th, 1959 in Honolulu, HI.  She returned to her baptismal name Joan, after Vatican Council II.

Sister Joan studied at Maryknoll Teachers College from 1952 – 1953 and Manhattanville College from 1953 – 1956, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and Chemistry.  She was then assigned to Hawaii where she spent the next 36 years teaching high school religion, biology, and chemistry.

In 1968, Sister Joan went to San Francisco, CA to earn a Master’s Degree in Theology at the University of San Francisco. After receiving her Degree, she returned to Honolulu, HI, where she was Chairperson of the Theology Department and Teacher/Counsellor at Maryknoll High School until 1972. From 1974-1977, she served as Director of the Maryknoll Sisters Mission Institute (educational programs provided by the Maryknoll Sisters to other missioners and the public) at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY.

Over the next 30 years, Sister Joan dedicated her life and ministry to ecumenism and bringing people of all faiths together in Hawaii. From 1980-2010, she served as Executive Director of the Institute for Religion and Social Change which included: Chair of the Diocesan Commission on Ecumenism in the Diocese of Honolulu; NADEO (National Association of Diocesan Ecumenical Officers);

Faiths in the World Committee, and Institute for Religion and Social Change. In 1983, she went back to California, this time for her graduate studies at the Theological Union – Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, CA.  There she earned a Doctor of Philosophy Degree.

After earning her Doctorate, she returned to Hawaii once again. From 1989-1997, Sister Joan taught two classes at Chaminade University in Honolulu and was also their Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts.  From 2003 – 2019, she served as President of three groups in Hawaii: CWUH (Church Women United); ABN (All Believers Network); GYCH (Global Youth Center).

On February 13th, 2009 she was among five who were named as “Living Treasures of Hawaii” for their contributions to Hawaii’s distinctive cultural and artistic heritage.

Services will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Sacred Heart Church, 1701 Wilder Avenue, Honolulu, HI.  Viewing at 9:00 am, Mass at 10:30 am and Reception to follow at 11:30 am-1:30 pm at Maryknoll Grade School Campus, 1722 Dole Street. 

Burial will be at 2:00 pm at Diamond Head Memorial Park.

Sister Frances Mary Horan, Maryknoll Sister for 75 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Frances Mary Horan, missioner to Panama, died on March 1st , 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, in Maryknoll, NY. She was born in Philadelphia, PA on April 8 th , 1924 to Isabelle A. (Hart) Horan and Daniel A. Horan. She was baptized Frances Mary at St. John the Baptist Church, in Philadelphia. She had two sisters, Marie and Anna and seven brothers: Robert, William, Eugene, Daniel, James, Frances and Joseph. Her parents and all of her siblings have predeceased her.

In 1942, Frances graduated from St. John the Baptist High School in Philadelphia. After graduation, she worked at the U.S.A. Government Office (Social Security) for two months and at H.E. Trent Co. as a clerk for two years. She then entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll, NY on September 6th , 1944.

At her Reception into the Congregation she received the religious name Sister Consolata Marie, but returned to her baptismal name after Vatican Council II. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7 th , 1947 and her Final Vows on March 7 th , 1950; both at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY.

Sister Frances did not receive her first overseas assignment until 1987, before that she served for many years in the United States (1966-1971): at the nursing home at the Maryknoll Sisters Center; doing Catechetics in Houston, TX; at Valley Park Novitiate in MO; at St. Therese School as office secretary in Chicago Chinatown.

From 1971-1973, Sister Frances studied full-time at DePaul University in Chicago, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary School Education. After graduation, she returned to St. Therese School in Chicago, where she taught and was Assistant Principal until 1983. That same year, she was assigned to the Treasury Department at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY, until she received her first overseas assignment to Panama in 1987.

After studying Spanish in Guatemala, she moved to St. Mary’s Parish in Balboa, Panama in 1988 to work with the Vincentian Fathers. There she was a member of the Urban Pastoral Team and Director of Religious Education. In 2008 she retired, but continued to do pastoral work and made visits to the sick and elderly until her return to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York in 2012.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Frances on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at Maryknoll Sisters Center.

A funeral Mass will follow on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 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.

Sister Margaret Tryon, Maryknoll Sister for 71 Years, Dies

 

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Margaret Tryon died on January 28th, 2019 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 90 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 71 years.

She was born in Eddington, PA on July 28th, 1928 to Dorothy R. (Smith) Tryon and William A. Tryon. She had two brothers, William and James and two sisters, Gertrude and Dorothy. Her parents and sister, Dorothy have predeceased her.

Margaret attended Nazareth Academy High School in PA and graduated in 1946. After graduation, she worked from June-September as a Bookkeeper and Clerk at her father’s company, William A. Tryon Company in Croydon, PA. From 1946-1947, she worked as Timekeeper at John J. Nesbitt Incorporated in Philadelphia, PA.

She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Valley Park, MO on October 30th, 1947, from St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Croydon, PA. At her Reception into the Congregation she received the religious name Sister M. Dorothy Francis.  She made her First Profession of Vows on May 8th, 1950 at the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Valley Park, MO and her Final Profession of Vows on May 8th, 1953 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY.

In 1950, Sister Margaret attended Westchester Community College in Westchester County, NY. There she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Applied Sciences with a Major in Food Service Administration in 1952.

Sister Margaret was assigned to Hawaii in 1953 to teach Home Economics and English at the Maryknoll School in Punahou until 1957. From 1958-1962, she was assigned to Majuro in the Marshall Islands where she taught 5th Grade. In 1962, she returned to Maryknoll, NY to study at Maryknoll Teachers College, there she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education in 1963.

Sister Margaret returned to the Hawaii Region after earning her Bachelor’s Degree; there she taught in various grade schools on Oahu and Maui and Majuro in the Marshall Islands until 1970.

From 1971- 1972, she gave service at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY as a liaison to the Food Services Department.  She then returned to the Marshall Islands, to teach part time, organize an in-service teacher training program for Micronesians, and was also involved in radio training until 1974.

From 1975-1997, Sister Margaret served back and forth between Hawaii and Maryknoll, NY in various roles. In 1975, she returned to Hawaii and was teaching until 1976. She then was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center for Congregational Service until 1978; when she went back to Hawaii to do Pastoral Ministry and catechetics until 1985. Sister Margaret then served as Director of Activities in the Sisters Residential Care Unit at the Maryknoll Sisters Center until 1990. In 1993, for the last time she ventured back to Hawaii to do Pastoral Ministry and Prison Ministry with women at Oahu Community Correctional Center until 1997.   

In 2000, Sister Margaret retired to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, where she remained until her death.

Sister Margaret generously requested that her body be given to Science.

A prayer and memory service will be held for Sister Margaret on Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.

A Memorial Mass will follow at 11:00 a.m. also at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

Sister Maria Rieckelman, Maryknoll Sister for 73 Years Dies

Sister Maria Rieckelman died on December 28th, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 91 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 73 years.

She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on August 31st, 1927 to Mary (Mathews) Rieckelman and Harry H. Rieckelman and given the name Alice. She had two sisters: Mary Louise and Edith and two brothers: Harry H. Jr. and Charles J.; all of whom have predeceased her.

In 1945, Alice graduated from St. Mary’s High School in Hyde Park, Cincinnati, OH. She then entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY on September 6th, 1945 from St. Mary’s Parish in Hyde Park (Cincinnati Diocese).  At her Reception into the community she received the religious name, Sister Maria Fidelis, which she retained throughout her religious life. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7th, 1948 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY and her Final Vows on March 7th, 1951 also at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

From 1945-1947, Sister Maria studied at the Maryknoll Teachers College in Maryknoll, NY. In 1947, she transferred to the College of Mount St. Vincent in New York, NY where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1951.  She continued her studies at Marquette University School of Medicine (now known as The Medical College of Wisconsin) in Milwaukee, WI and graduated in 1955 earning her Doctor of Medicine Degree.  Sister Maria then began her internship in medicine and surgery at Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus, OH from 1955-1956.

In 1956, she received her first overseas mission assignment to Pusan, Korea to do medical work. Then in 1958, Sister Maria was sent to Kowloon, Hong Kong where she studied language and supervised the building of Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital which opened in 1961. From 1963-1967, she served as the Hospital Administrator. She then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY where for two years she was instrumental in setting up new governance structures for the community life of the Sisters.

From 1971-1974, Sister Maria was assigned to Honolulu, Hawaii where she completed her Residency in both Adult and Child Psychiatry at the University of Hawaii.

She was then appointed as Coordinator of Health Services for the Church in the USA Office of Domestic Social Development at the U.S. Catholic Conference in Washington, D.C from 1976-1977, .

Sister Maria remained in Washington, D.C., from 1978 – 2004, her “itinerant” ministry focused on doing Psychiatric Therapy and Spiritual Psychiatry to missioners and leaders in over 30 countries. This included: workshops, seminars, and retreats for communities and leadership groups of all faiths. She helped her participants face issues of interpersonal growth, leadership, trauma, stress, and interconnectedness, highlighted by women’s movement and ecological awareness. In 2006, she served as individual and workshop facilitator with members of the Maryknoll Society, Maryknoll Affiliates and Lay Missioners.

In 2007, Sister Maria returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY where she provided spiritual direction to people until 2014 when she retired.

Sister Maria donated her body to science. 

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Maria on Monday, January 21, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.

A Funeral Mass will be held on January 22, at 11:00 a.m., also in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

 

 

Sister Pauline Sticka, Maryknoll Sister for 76 Years Dies

Sister Pauline M. Sticka died on December 7th, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, New York.  She was 94 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 76 years.

Pauline was born on November 9th, 1924 in Dickenson, North Dakota to Odelia (Frank) Sticka and Raphael Sticka.  She had four brothers and five sisters.

In 1942, Pauline graduated from Good Counsel Academy in Mankato, Minnesota.   She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Ossining, NY from St. Mary’s, in New England (Diocese of Bismark, North Dakota) on September 2nd, 1942.  At her Reception into the Congregation she received the religious name Sister M. Paul Therese.  She made her First Profession of Vows at the Maryknoll Sisters Center on March 7th, 1945 and her Final Profession of Vows on March 7th, 1948, in China.

Sister Pauline remained at the Maryknoll Sisters Center after making her First Profession of Vows and worked at the Seminary kitchen. In 1947, she received her first overseas assignment to Kaying, China to do catechetical work. In December, 1950 she was placed under house arrest by the Communist Regime until 1951, when she was expelled from China and returned to the US. She served for the next several years in the Development Department at the Maryknoll Sisters Center and then did pastoral ministry in Chinatown, in Chicago, IL.

In 1955, Sister Pauline was assigned to Changhua, Taiwan where she did language study for two years and was then assigned to Puli, Taiwan where she did parish ministry until 1967. In 1970, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to study at Mary Rogers College and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Service in 1973. Sister Pauline then returned to Hsinchu and then Chiayi, Taiwan where she spent the next twenty years doing religious education, family seminars, pastoral work, building Basic Christian Communities, facilitating Marriage Encounter Activities, and began a new neighborhood presence ministry to live among the people and get to know who they were.

In 1994 she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to work as Office Assistant to the Main House Council until 1997. That same year she returned to Taiwan where she again served the people in pastoral care, home visits and community ministry, first in Kaohsiung and later in Taichung until 2006. From 2006-2007, she staffed the Regional House and did neighborhood ministry. In 2008, Sister Pauline returned to the U.S. and was assigned to the Sisters house in Monrovia, CA.  On December 1st, 2014 she retired at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY.

A Wake and Vespers service will be held in the Annunciation Chapel of the Maryknoll Sisters Center at Maryknoll, NY on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:15 P.M. 

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Friday, December 14, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. also in Annunciation Chapel. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery.

Sister Grace Mary Kuji, Maryknoll Sister for 67 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY-Sister Grace Mary Kuji, M.M. died on December 4 th , 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 91 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 67 years.

Grace Mary was born in Tsingtao (today known as Quingdao), China on May 5 th , 1927 to Misao (Ishigami) Kuji and Kanichi Kuji. Though she was born in China, she was a Japanese national. She had five brothers (Hiroshi, Manabu Fujita, Takashi, and Kanji two of whom are deceased (Takashi and Kanji) and one sister, Mrs. Shigeko Onosuka.

From 1941-1944, Grace Mary attended Chinto Women’s High School in China. She then earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science from the Japan’s Women’s College in Tokyo, Japan in 1950.

On August 29 th , 1951 Grace Mary entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY from Takano Parish (Diocese of Kyoto). At her Reception into the Congregation she received the religious name Sister Gratia Marie. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7 th , 1954 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY and her Final Profession of Vows on March 7 th , 1960 in Japan.

In 1954, Sister Grace Mary was assigned to Kyoto, Japan where she was in charge of a hostel and taught catechism classes for two years. During the next eight years, she worked in parishes run by the Maryknoll Fathers in Kyoto and Shiga Prefectures. In 1962, Sister Grace Mary and five other Maryknoll Sisters founded the Maryknoll Girls School in Yokkaichi, Japan; where she remained for thirty years serving in various roles: teaching Christian Ethics in the High School, Advisor to Alumni/Maryknoll Student Service Club, and supervising practice teachers from 1982 – 1992.

In 1992, Sister Grace Mary returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center and served as Sacristan in the main chapel for two years. In 1994, she returned to Kichijoji, Tokyo to join a volunteer group to help foreign prisoner detainees. She then worked in two homeless shelters and did parish catechetical work, teaching religion and leading Bible study groups for a few years.

In 2001, Sister Grace Mary returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to serve as a member of the Pastoral Care Team, helping many of the Sisters in the home care unit. She also served in the chapel, making beautiful flower arrangements until her retirement in 2011.

Sr. Grace Mary generously donated her body to science.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Grace Mary on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.A Memorial Mass will follow, also at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

A special memorial service will take place in Japan on December 22, 2018.

Sister Grace Mary Kuji M.M.-Memorial Video.720p from Maryknoll Sisters on Vimeo.