Sister Alice Wengrzynek

“The essence of my vocation to Christ as a Maryknoll Sister remains the same:  God’s love, faithfulness and abundant graces.  This is what I treasure the most and what makes it all worthwhile.”

awengrzynek_lgSister Alice Wengrzynek, was born in Simpson, Pennsylvania and entered Maryknoll in 1953.   After formation, she served for three years at the Maryknoll Center, where she worked in the Seminary kitchen, acted as Bishop Lane’s private administrative assistant, and studied at Maryknoll Teacher’s College.

Sister Alice was then sent to the Midwest U.S. Region to earn her registration as an X-Ray technician at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City.

In 1963, Sister Alice set out for a five-year assignment in Taiwan, where she ministered to the people with loving dedication through youth, parish, and clinic work.

When she came back to the Sisters Center in 1968, Sister Alice offered congregational service in the secretariat’s office and in our physical plant office, while she earned her Bachelor’s degree in community service at Rogers College.

Arriving in Hong Kong in 1970, Sister Alice began her work in Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital, as director of the Admissions Office. She also served in the Medical Records Department and as a private administrative assistant, meanwhile starting on-the-job secretarial training for local girls.

Then, beginning in 1981, Sister Alice spent years visiting and ministering to mentally and physically handicapped people, making God’s love visible to these poor and often forgotten individuals.

After another two years of congregational service, this time in archives, Sister Alice returned to Hong Kong, where she did pastoral work and served as administrative assistant to the local Cardinal.

In 1992, Sister Alice returned to the center in New York, where she served as Administrative assistant to the congregational president and then archives curator for the next 16 years, at which point she retired to the Rogers Community.

Today, Sister Alice remains a cheerful and active resident at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY.

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