Sister Cheryl Allam

Sister Cheryl M. AllamSister Cheryl Allam, M.M.

Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY

To look at Sister Cheryl, sitting quietly in her office, where she serves as administrator of Rogers Library at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, a position she has held since 2012, one is hard pressed to consider that this same sprightly woman once bandaged the wounds of day laborers at a clinic in Tokyo’s Sanya District, home to many people who struggle with addictions to alcohol and drugs and battle with mental illness. These are the outcasts of Japanese society, as they are, sadly, elsewhere in the world. But they were also recipients of Sister Cheryl’s tender mercies and kindnesses during her time working at the free clinic and soup kitchen from 1989-1994.

This is but the tip of the iceberg in describing Sister Cheryl, or the various ministries she has done since entering the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from her native Detroit, MI in 1966.

A gifted communicator, Sister Cheryl has also served on the editorial board of the Japan Missionary Bulletin, as Associate Editor of Japan Mission Journal, Senior Editor of the Japan Christian Review, and Associate Editor of Japan Christian Quarterly. During her 26 years in Japan, she also ministered with migrant working women and those escaping enforced prostitution and taught adult education and English as a Second Language at Sophia University in Tokyo.

Her leadership skills have also been in strong evidence at the Maryknoll Sisters Center where she has served as the Director of Research and Planning for the Maryknoll Sisters in the 1980’s, as Mission Projects Funding Coordinator from 2000-2004, Assistant Director of Development from 2004-2006 and Direct Mail Manager from 2007-2012.

Sister Cheryl holds a MA in Asian Religions from the University of Hawaii, with specialization in Japanese Buddhism and a bachelor’s degree in Community Service from Mary Rogers College, Maryknoll, NY.


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