Sister Ann Teresa Kamachi, MM, most recently with Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, has been a Maryknoll Sister for over 70 years. She entered Maryknoll Sisters in 1943 from Manzanar, a Japanese-American internment camp in California, where she first encountered the Sisters at work.
Born in Shelton, WA, Sister Ann, who holds a BS in nursing from Providence Hospital, Seattle, WA, first served at a tuberculosis hospital run by Maryknoll in Monrovia, CA, from 1950-53. She then worked as a clinical instructor and nurse supervisor at Maryknoll Hospital, Kansas City, MO, from 1956-65, returning again to Monrovia, where she continued to practice nursing until 1968. That year, Sister Ann returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY, where she served as a nurse at Bethany House, the nursing home for the most elderly and infirm members of the congregation.
Sister Ann then worked from 1969-74 at the New England Medical Center Hospital, Boston, and as a private duty nurse in Boston’s Chinatown. In 1975, she was sent to Hawaii, where she worked in Honolulu, first with natural family planning from 1975-79, then in pastoral ministry from 1980-82. Sister Ann then returned to the Center, where she worked in congregational services from 1982-1985. In 1986, she went again to Honolulu, HI, where she did hospice work at St. Francis Hospital from 1986-92 and pastoral ministry at Tripler Hospital from 1987-1992. From 1991-2006, she was a Eucharistic minister at both St. Francis and Tripler Hospitals . She has resided since 2007 at Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York.