Sister Helen Phillips

“It has been a privilege to make known the “Good News” wherever and to whomever I have been sent.”

hphillip_lgHelen Phillips from Hollis, NY, entered Maryknoll Sisters in l944. After years of kitchen work in the Sisters new novitiate in Valley Park, MO and in the Maryknoll Fathers Seminary kitchen in Mountain View, CA, she taught catechism to Mexican immigrants in three different missions in California and Texas, and began to teach herself Spanish. Returning to the Sisters Center she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education at Maryknoll Teachers College and studied Liturgical music at Manhattanville College.

Sister Helen was assigned to Juli, Peru to teach religion in public schools. Because the high altitude was injurious to her health, she was assigned to teach in Riberalta, a jungle area in Bolivia. When Peru accredited her as a teacher, she became a high school Principal in Arequipa.

Sister Helen returned to the States in 1975 and began to work in the Sisters’ Center doing mission education on the East coast. She earned a Masters in Theological Studies from the Maryknoll School of Theology.

After a three-year term as Coordinator of the Sisters Center, Sister Helen became the National Director of Secondary Education for the Propagation of Faith in New York. She joined the International team of the Renew Program training lay leaders in Nigeria and accepted an invitation to do Mission Education in the diocese of Melbourne, Australia. Sister Helen spent three years in Hawaii doing ecumenical and pastoral work.

In 1994 she became the Orientation Director of the Maryknoll Fathers Language Institute in Cochabamba, Bolivia and in 1997 returned to the Sisters Center and became the first Sister to work on our Website. She now serves in our Photo Library.