Sister Camille Marie Black, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Sister Camille Marie Black entered Maryknoll on September 6, 1945 from the Parish of St. Patrick’s, Dansville, New York. She received her RN degree from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Elmira, NY, in l945 and her BS degree in 1972 from Mary Rogers College. Sister Camille also received her Masters Degree in Religious Studies from the Maryknoll School of Theology in 1980.
Sister Camille’s first assignment was to the Philippines at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Manapla, Negros Occidental, from 1948–1955. She was nursing supervisor in the medical/surgical and pediatric Wards. At the isolation unit, Sister Camille served in the operating room and clinic.
From 1955–1959, Sister Camille worked in the infirmary at the motherhouse and later at our Bethany residence. At the same time, she also volunteered at the promotion office and the collection desk.
In 1959, Sister Camille was assigned to Guatemala. Her ministry was at the Colegio Monte Maria in Guatemala City, where she was assistant director of the boarding school, school nurse and the Sisters’ Infirmarian. At the same time, Sister Camille taught English and health to the Junior College students.
In 1963, Sister Camille worked at San Pedro Necta in Huehuetenango and was clinic nurse, assisting in the care of another Maryknoll Sister. Sister Camille also gave religion classes in the public school. After six months, Sister Camille went to Jacaltenango, where she organized the operating room in the new hospital and was in charge of the training and preparation of staff. Sister Camille also did religious and solidarity work in the parish. In 1967, Sister Camille returned to St. Joseph’s Hospital, in the Philippines as a staff nurse.
After that, Sister Camille went back to our New York center and worked at the Maryknoll Overseas Extension Service as assistant director, librarian and assistant editor from 1972–1984. In 1985, Sister Camille was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Archives.
From 1987 until 1992, she worked in mission projects funding. In 1994, she began serving in the Sacristy.
Sister Camille remained active in the New York Archdiocese Catecthical Program. She was also the main contact for David and Mary Hoysic. David is the grand-nephew of Sister Marie Pierre Semler, MM, whose artwork is internationally known.
From 2007 until the present, Sister Camille continues to volunteer at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.