Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
To look at Sister Cheryl Allam, 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 drugs and alcohol 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 a free clinic and soup kitchen from 1989-1994.
This is but the tip of the iceberg in describing Sister Cheryl, however, or the various sorts of work she has done since entering Maryknoll Sisters 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 Languageat Sophia University in Tokyo.
Her leadership skills have also been in strong evidence at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, where, before becoming administrator of the congregation’s library, she has served as the Director of Research and Planning for Maryknoll Sisters in the 1980s, 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 masters degree 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.
Currently, Sister Cheryl is serving as the Librarian at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.