“Speaking of Maryknoll’s educational work in the Philippines, Sister Dorothy Mulligan wrote: “It is a story of educating in values, peace, and justice… for both Christians and Muslims.”
Sister Dorothy Mulligan spent thirty years of her missionary life teaching in the Philippines, providing education and, with it, a renewed sense of dignity to the poorest and most marginalized people. Sister Dorothy taught Muslims and Christians alike, with a joy and dedication that remained sensitive to different culture and values, and ultimately she came to consider the Philippines her home.
Born in Yonkers, Sister Dorothy entered Maryknoll in 1948 with a B.A. and a Masters in History. On first arriving in the Philippines in 1951, Sister Dorothy earned her Ph.D. in Social Science at the University of Santa Tomas while also teaching high school. Sister Dorothy extended her teaching ministry to the college level after graduation, at which point she also served as Directress of the College Residence Hall.
From 1961 to 1979, Sister Dorothy served Maryknoll in the Midwest and Eastern regions, where she worked as Assistant Novice Mistress, taught at Rogers College, worked in the Office of Documentation, and acted as a Council member.
In 1979, Sister Dorothy returned to the Philippines to minister once more to the people she loved.
Teaching in the Notre Dame University at Cotabato, Sister Dorothy worked to prepare the Filipino youth to be leaders of their community, men and women who valued justice, peace, and cooperation. As Chairman of the Religious Studies/Philosophy Department, and later Executive Assistant and Library Director there, Sister Dorothy dedicated herself to a program that integrated the differing values of culture, morals, and spirituality.
Though she retired in 1994, Sister Dorothy remained in the Philippines for another five years, until her return to the Maryknoll Center in 1999.
Sister Dorothy presently resides at the Maryknoll Sister Center and her prayer ministry is the Philippines.