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.

Sister Irene Solzbacher, Maryknoll Sister for 65 Years Dies

Sister Irene E. Solzbacher, medical doctor, and psychiatrist, died on November 29th, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY.  She was 84 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 65 years.

Irene was born on June 21st, 1934 in Luxemberg City, Luxemberg to Regina (Reiff) Solzbacher and William A. Solzbacher. She had three sisters, Josephine, Regina and Eve all of whom are still living.

In 1952, Irene graduated from Convent of the Sacred Heart High School in Greenwich, CT and then attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY from 1952 – 1953. She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll, NY on September 2nd, 1953 from St. Barnabas Parish in Yonkers, NY.  Irene made her First Profession of Vows on March 7th, 1956 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY and her Final Profession of Vows in Honolulu, HI on March 7th, 1962.

From 1958-1961, Sister Irene studied at Maryknoll Teachers College where she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree.  She then received her first mission assignment to Hawaii, there she earned a Master’s of Education Degree in Physical Science at the University of Hawaii in 1965 and taught Math, Science and Religion at the Maryknoll High School in Honolulu, HI until 1970. Sister Irene decided she wanted to begin her studies in the medical field, from 1970-1971 she was a medical student at Kuhio Park Terrace Project, in Honolulu and was also a part-time research assistant and taught catechetics.  She then began studying at the University of Hawaii Medical School and earned a Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1975.

From 1975-1978, Sister Irene served in a Psychiatric Residency at the University of Hawaii.  She was then assigned to Waianae Mental Health Clinic to work as a Psychiatrist and also served as Director/Director of Social Services at Kahumana Counseling Center in Maili, Oahu from 1979-2000. Sister Irene then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY and served as a volunteer/medical companion in the Out Patient Clinic from 2001 until 2014 when she retired.

Sister Irene has generously donated her body to science.

A Vespers Service will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 4:15 P.M. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 4:00 P.M., also in the Chapel of the Annunciation.

Sister Mary Doretta Leonard, Maryknoll Sister for 73 Years Dies

Sister Mary Doretta Leonard died on November 27th, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 93 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 73 years.

Mary was born in New York City on June 26th, 1925 to Mary (Burnell) Leonard and Anthony Leonard; she was baptized as Anne Therese. She had one brother, Edward who has predeceased her.

In 1943, Mary graduated from Bishop McDonnell Memorial High School in Brooklyn, NY and then studied at Fordham School of Education from 1944-1945. She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll, NY on September 6th, 1945 from St. Francis Assisi Parish in Astoria, NY (Diocese of Brooklyn). At her Reception into the Congregation she received the religious name, Sister Doretta. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7th, 1948 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY and her Final Profession on March 7th, 1951 in China.

In 1948, Sister Doretta received her first overseas mission assignment to China, not knowing she would serve there for the next 50 years on and off. She first arrived to Wuchow, China to study language for one year and then began her ministry in catechetical work in 1950.   The political situation in Wuchow required Sister Doretta to transfer to Hong Kong, there she continued her work as a catechist until 1968. She then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY to study at Mary Rogers College, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Adult Education in 1970. After earning her degree, Sister Doretta returned to Hong Kong to continue doing catechetical work until 1977.  From 1977-1980, she was assigned to the Development Department at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY.

In 1980, Sister Doretta became a parish team member at St. Stephen’s Church, where she did Pastoral ministry in Hong Kong for the next nine years. In 1989, she was assigned to do congregational service at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY, serving as receptionist and working in the Congregational Archives Department.

Sister Doretta once again returned to China in 1992 to do pastoral work; first in Macau until 1995 and then transferring to Hong Kong where she did part-time volunteer work visiting the sick and elderly.  In 2005, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY to retire, but remained an active volunteer serving as a member of the Pastoral Care Team.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Mary Doretta at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Assumption on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

 A funeral Mass will follow on Friday, November 30, 2018 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 Josephine Lo Presti, Maryknoll Sister for 69 Years Dies

Sister Josephine Lo Presti M.M. died on November 13th, 2018  at  the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY.  She was 93 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 69 years.

Josephine was was born on October 10th, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to Augustine (Rinella) Lo Presti and Joseph Lo Presti.  She had four brothers, and three sisters.  All have predeceased her except two of her sisters, Margaret Lo Presti and Pearl (Mrs. Pearl Zucchero).

In 1944, Josephine graduated from St. Joseph’s College High School in Toronto. She remained in Toronto and attended St. Michael’s Hospital School of Nursing; she graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1947.  She later attended nursing courses for one semester at The University of Western Ontario in 1969.  

Josephine entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY on September 6th, 1949 from St. Basil Parish in Toronto, Canada.  She made her First Profession of  Vows at The Maryknoll Sisters Center on March 7th, 1952 and her Final Profession of Vows in Arequipa, Peru on March 7th, 1955.

Sister Josephine remained at the Maryknoll Sisters Center after making her First Profession of Vows, there she worked in the Center Infirmary until 1953. She then received her first overseas assignment to the Bolivia/Peru region to attend language school in Cochabamba, Bolivia; after a year of studying she began teaching second and third grade in Puno, Peru from 1954-1957.

From 1957-1967, Sister Josephine was assigned to Riberalta, Bolivia where she initiated and directed the Practical School of Nursing; which provided practical nurses to staff the hospital in Riberalta and clinics in the distant river communities.

In 1967, she was assigned to the Catholic University of Santa Maria in Arequipa, Peru, where she joined the Faculty of the School of Nursing. There she trained nurses, taught clinical education and developed training modules. In 1970, the Catholic University of Santa Maria, in Arequipa, Peru, granted her a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing in recognition of her work experience in Medicine and Public Health, and a thesis of such merit that the University canceled all need for additional courses and requirements.

Sister Josephine returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY to serve in the Center Infirmary from 1972-1974. She then returned to Arequipa, Peru to serve people in community health & rehabilitation and founded a Family Life Center (CORFAM).

In 2001, she returned to the United States and joined the Sisters Community in Monrovia, CA. After a few years, due to declining health, she had to return to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY; where she remained until her death.

A Vespers Service will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 4:15 P.M. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 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 Barbara Ann Walenty, Maryknoll Sister for 61 Years Dies

Sister Barbara Ann Walenty died on October 24th, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY.  She was 90 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 61 years.

Barbara Ann was born in Detroit, MI on May 26th, 1928 to Anna (Starr) Walenty and Anthony Walenty and was baptized in St. Ladislaus Parish in Hamtramck, MI.  She had four brothers John, Patrick, Tom, Donald and two sisters Gloria and Colleen.  Barbara Ann graduated from Mackenzie High School in Detroit, MI in 1946. She then attended Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit, MI, where she earned an R.N. Degree. She then worked as a nurse at Detroit Memorial Hospital for two years and at Highland Park Hospital for three years.

Barbara Ann entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Valley Park, MO on December 30th, 1956 from St. Brigid’s Parish in Detroit, MI.  At her Reception she received the religious name Sister Rose Barbara. She made her First Profession of Vows on August 22nd, 1959 in Valley Park, MO, and her Final Profession of Vows on August 22nd, 1965 in Hong Kong.

After her First Profession of Vows, Sister Barbara was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. There she worked as Guest Mistress and in the laundry room until her assignment to Kansas City, Queen of the World Hospital where she worked as Operating Room Supervisor until 1963.  That same year, she received her first overseas assignment to Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong. There she studied Cantonese and served at Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital as Operating Room Supervisor until 1970.  From 1970-1972, Sister Barbara continued to serve at the hospital as: Clinical Instructor, Supervisor of the Student Nurse Hostel, and established the Student Nursing Program. In 1973, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY and worked in the Supportive Services Department before joining the Maryknoll Sisters Eastern United States Region in 1974. She was first assigned to Boston, Chinatown where she taught English as a Second Language and worked at the Chinatown Clinic and Tufts Medical Center from 1974 – 1975.

From 1976 – 1978, she lived in Transfiguration Parish in New York Chinatown, and worked in Cabrini Hospital Nursing Home, and at the Maryknoll Center Health Services. In 1979, she was assigned to St Theresa School in Chicago, Chinatown, where she served as School Nurse, Teachers Aid and taught “Alcohol & Drug Education” (ADE) until 1986. That same year she returned to Hamtramck, MI to care for her elderly parents.

From 1995-1997, Sister Barbara worked in the Maryknoll Sisters Development Departments Mid-West Education/Promotion Office. In 1999, she returned to Chicago, IL to retire, but continued to volunteer as a part-time CCD Teacher and Art Teacher with children at St. Theresa’s School. In 2008, she moved to Fraser, MI and continued to volunteer doing family ministry and pastoral work.  In 2014, Sister Barbara returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, where she remained until her death.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Barbara Ann on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY.

A Mass of Resurrection will follow on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. also in the Maryknoll Sisters Chapel.