Sister Georgina Gamarra

Gamarra, GeorginaCurrent Ministry Location: Monrovia, CA

Born in Lima, Peru July 27th, 1933 to Tiofila (De Cotijo) Gamarra and Manuel Jesus Gamarra, Georgina grew up with 11 siblings, graduated from Rosa De Santos Maria High School in 1949. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Education from Normal Central “San Pedro” Teachers College in Lima in 1954, and then taught for one year before joining the Maryknoll Sisters at their Center in Ossining, NY in 1956.

Her first assignment was to Chile in 1960, where she ministered for 20 years, first in Curepto and later in Santiago where she was Director of Religious Education for San Alberto Parish, eventually giving inner healing retreats and formation to leaders of the Charismatic Renewal in Chile, a movement with which she continues to be involved.

In 1973, Sister Georgina returned to the U.S. and served in various ministries in multiple states. She received a Certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education in 1973 and earned a B.A. in Psychology from Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, in 1976, and an M.A. in Theological Studies at Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll, NY, in 1985.

In 1989, she opened the New Life Center in Elgin, IL. There she was involved in the formation of small Christian communities, once again giving inner healing retreats, as well as counseling.  While based in Elgin, she also gave retreats in Canada, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and other Latin American countries.

From 1990-2000, Sister Georgina served as associate pastor of Nativity Church in Brandon, FL. There she created 55 small Christian communities in the parish neighborhoods. In addition, she also created various ministries and served as an advocate in the annulment of marriages.

From 2000-2010, Sister Georgina worked at Holy Cross Parish, Indiantown, FL, where she was coordinator of its Hispanic Ministry and director of its Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program. Then, from 2010-2015, she volunteered in the parish and community, giving inner healing retreats at several Florida parishes and ministering to inmates at the State Prison in Ocala, FL. In February 2016, she relocated to the Maryknoll Sisters Retirement Community in Monrovia, CA, where she continues to reside.