Sister Loretta Harriman

“As we go beyond boundaries, we come to know God and to experience the myriad expressions of God’s love-more numerous or varied than we could have ever imagined had we stayed in our own place.”

A thirst for God, the Scriptures and world religions has always laid at the heart of Sister Loretta Harriman’s life as a Maryknoll Sister.

Born in North Conway, NH, Sister Loretta grew up in Lynn, MA, and joined the Maryknoll Sisters from St. Mary’s Parish, Lynn, in 1956.

Following formation, she worked at Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers.  Then, following completion of a B.S. in education at Maryknoll Teachers College in 1965, she made her Final Vows and was assigned to the Philippines, where she would serve for the next 30 years.

Sister Loretta began as a teacher of elementary school students at Maryknoll Grade School, part of Maryknoll College in Manila.  She was then assigned to serve as principal of Maryknoll High School, Lupon, Davao Oriental, Mindanao, where she also taught religion, history and geography, until 1976.

Sister Loretta then returned to the United States, where she earned an M.A. in Systematic Theology from Boston College in 1979, after which she taught at the Regional Major Seminary in Davao City for three years and then at the Ateneo de Davao, where, among other tasks, she helped establish a graduate program in theology for religion teachers on the island of Mindanao and served as a live-in residence moderator.  She also worked in various formation programs in and around Davao City

Sister Loretta then served as Secretary to the President of the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation from 1990-1993, then continued her studies, earning an S.T.M. in Spirituality from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley, CA in 1997.Thereafter, she returned again to the Philippines, where she taught for two years at the Institute of Formation and Religious Studies in Quezon City.

Sister Loretta was appointed to be Director of Congregational Vocation Ministry in 2000, a position she held until 2005.  Today, she says, she “lives in two worlds,” volunteering as a receptionist and ESL teacher with Catholic Charities North, Lynn, MA, and teaching theology for three months each year at St. Mary’s Theologate in Ozamiz City, Philippines.