Sister Georgina Gamarra

Gamarra, GeorginaSister Georgina Gamarra, M.M.

Current Ministry Location-Monrovia, CA

Born in Lima, Peru, Sister Georgina grew up with 11 siblings, graduated from Normal Central “San Pedro” Teachers College in Lima in 1954, then taught for one year before joining Maryknoll Sisters in 1956. She was then sent to Chile in 1960, where she ministered for 20 years, first in Curepto and late 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, she returned to the U.S. and was working in various ministries in multiple states. Sister Georgina 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 doing 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, she worked at Nativity Church in Brandon, FL. There she created 55 small Christian communities in the neighborhoods. As associate pastor for the parish, she also created various ministry 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 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. She relocated to the Maryknoll Sisters Convent in Monrovia, CA, in February 2016.