For more than fifty years, Sister Isabel has been on a missionary journey with the Maryknoll Sisters trying to live and to share the Good News of God’s love for all creation.
Sister Isabel Rabbon was born in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii. She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from Marymount College in Kansas, and taught for two years before joining Maryknoll in 1956. After her first vows, Sister Isabel was assigned to teach at St. Anthony’s School in the south Bronx, NY. Her first overseas mission assignment was to Chile in 1963. After language study, Sister Isabel went to Buzeta on the outskirts of Santiago and to Talcahuano where she did Parish Pastoral Ministry until 1974.
Sister Isabel returned to the United States to be a member of the Admissions Team working on the West Coast for four years. In 1979, Sister Isabel returned to Hawaii and worked at Kaunakakai, Molokai as the Pastoral Associate for St. Sophia Parish for eleven years. Moving to Lanai City, Lanai, Sister Isabel continued as a Pastoral Associate at the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish until 1995. Sister Isabel was once again requested to be a member of the Admissions Team at the Maryknoll Sisters Center from 1995 until 1999.
Returning to Hawaii in 2000, Sister Isabel continued as a retiree doing volunteer ministries at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Kailua. She also volunteered at the Kaneohe State Mental Hospital and helped the Protestant Chaplain in giving Scripture class to inmates, mostly men. Presently, Sister Isabel is a Coordinating team member of the “Returning Catholics Home” program to welcome inactive Catholics back to the faith community at St. Anthony of Padua church, Kailua.