Sister Jeanne Houlihan


Maryknoll,  NY

United States

“Working with Chinese girls and women has been a very enriching experience for me. My own spirituality has deepened by living and working with them. Their stories reveal the Christ in their culture.”

jhoulihan_lg“Let us go and see what God has in store for us. “These words of Mother Mary Joseph echo in the heart of every missioner, including Sister Jeanne Houlihan, who entered in September, 1952 from the archdiocese of St. Louis. Her first assignment was to Hong Kong to teach religion and home economics at Maryknoll Convent School. Later, she became principal and supervisor of the same school. She also served as Chairperson of the Secondary Schools and as Biblical Knowledge Examination Coordinator.

During the Vietnamese Refugee years, she was a member of the Management Committee for the children under the Social Welfare Department.

As an out-reach, she taught English at the Mau Tau Wei Home for Girls to give them hope after they were paroled.

“The value of my presence in mission is best described as becoming a person with Christ, with the Church and within education by giving and serving, learning and receiving, exchanging and interchanging. Life in mission is indeed a mysterious, challenging vocation.”

Sr. Jeanne has recently returned to Maryknoll, NY where she is contributing her skills in the Development Department.