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Sister Alice Vandenoever, a Maryknoll Sister for over 50 years, was born in Manhattan, New York. She is a graduate of Blessed Sacrament High School and Hunter College with a B.A. in chemistry, followed by a chemistry M.A. from the City University of New York.
Sister Alice entered Maryknoll in 1968 from Holy Name Parish, New York City and was assigned to the Philippines in 1970 where she served for eight years teaching math and science in Maryknoll College, Philippine Women’s College in Davao City and at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. After returning to Maryknoll, New York to give service to the Congregation, she decided to leave the teaching field to work more closely with the urban poor.
Upon her return to the Philippines Sister Alice worked as Livlihood Coordinator for AKAP, a non-government organization (NGO), that provided anti tuberculosis services to several squatter and resettlement areas around Metro-Manila. Knowing the poor have almost no access to bank loans and were exploited by loan sharks, Sister Alice implemented micro-finance programs providing small loans for income generating projects.
While still with AKAP, Sister worked with three other NGOs serving the urbanpoor in Metro Manila. One NGO served a group of blind squatters living near Maryknoll’s Centerhouse in Quezon City. Sister Alice had various functions while serving with these organizations – president of the board, executive director, friend of the urban poor whose job was to produce a newsletter. Two of these other NGOs also had micro-finance programs.
In 1993, Sister returned to New York to give congregational service in Mission Awareness Promotion under the Maryknoll Sister Development Department. At the
present time, she is doing family ministry and also speaking in Churches assigned to the Congregation.