Sister Elizabeth (Liz) Erbland, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Sister Elizabeth (Liz) Erbland of Fairport, NY graduated from the University of New York at Genesee with a B.S. in Elementary Education and certification in Special Education through grade 12. She taught in Binghamton and Fairport, NY before entering the Maryknoll Sisters in 1963. At that time her brother, Philip Erbland, was a Maryknoll seminarian preparing for overseas work, from whom Sister Liz had learned a great deal about Maryknoll. She continued studies at Mary Rogers College.
In 1966 Sister Liz was assigned to the Philippines where she worked in the Child Study Center of Maryknoll College. In the remote town of Panabo in the southern island of Mindanao she was Directress of Maryknoll High School. She also taught at Clark Air Force Base.
Returning to the States in 1972, she worked in the Congregation’s Mission Projects Funding office. She then worked with the Rochester Diocesan Education Office as Assistant Superintendent for Urban Education for five years before being appointed Director of the Development Department of the Maryknoll Sisters in 1985 for four years.
After teaching in Newtown, CT, she prepared for work on the Mexican border by Spanish studies in Cochabamba, Bolivia. In 1992 she and another Maryknoll Sister went to McAllen, Texas on the Mexican border and Sister Liz became a Director of Religious Education and taught in the public high school. As a special education teacher, she worked in a residential treatment center for girls who had been abused and had severe behavioral disorders.
Sister Liz began a new ministry with another Maryknoll Sister in Asheville, NC among migrants and immigrants from Central America and some immigrants from Russia. They worked with Catholic Social Services, Sister Liz also taught English as a Second Language to Eastern European immigrants. Both Sisters assisted in the food and clothing program of the Agency. They were members of the Latino Advocacy Committee of St. Eugene’s parish and belong to a Basic Christian Community which meets weekly.
Since January 2012 Liz moved to Maryknoll Sister Center in NY. She is currently doing research and updating files in Maryknloll Sisters Library.