Sister Loretta Frank


Sister Loretta Frank, M.M.

Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center

Sister Loretta Frank entered Maryknoll on December 30, 1956 from the Parish of St. Pius at Scheffield, North Dakota.

Sister Loretta received her first foreign assignment in 1963 to Japan where studied the language and taught English until 1965.  From 1965 – 1970, Sister Loretta did parish work and taught English in Tsu, Hikone and Muroran.  She then went to Tokyo, where she earned a B.A. in Far East Asian Studies and an M.A. in the same field, this time with a specialization in sociology.

While residing in Kichijoji, Sister Loretta worked at the National Catholic Committee, as assistant editor of the Tosei News, an international bilingual publication, from 1974-1977.  She then taught English as a Second Language at Rissho College and editorial work for Oriens Institute for Religious Research, both in Tokyo, from 1981-1983.

Sister Loretta later returned to Sophia University, where she taught English as a Second Language and was involved with its student ministry, from 1983-1990. She then taught ESL at Notre Dame College in Kyoto from 1995-2004, simultaneously serving as bookkeeper for the Maryknoll Sisters Regional office from 1995-2008, and giving private English classes from 2004-2008.

Sister Loretta returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 2008. These days, Sister Loretta Frank’s service with Maryknoll Sisters involves working in Congregational Services, where she assists its Rogers Community Sisters and their coordinators, but her beloved Japan, from which she learned so much over her more than 40 years of service there, is never far from her heart and prayers.