Sister Luise Ahrens

lahrens_lgSister Luise Ahrens, M.M.

Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center

Sister Luise, from Detroit, Michigan, earned her BA in English in 1960 from Manhattanville College and then entered Maryknoll.  She taught at Mary Rogers College, and in 1966 she earned her MA in English from Fordham University.  She then went to Maryknoll High School in Maui, Hawaii, where she taught for three years.  She returned to New York and earned her PhD in English Literature in 1973 and then went to Indonesia, where she was a professor in the MA program at Provincial University of Java.

In 1983 Sister Luise was asked to complete the term of a Maryknoll Sisters Central Governing Board member who died in a plane crash in Chile.  Sister Luise was elected President of the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in 1984, and served for six years.

In 1991, she was assigned to Cambodia to help re-establish the Royal University of Phnom Penh, which was hit particularly hard during the reign of terror of the Khmer Rouge. Only two educators and thirty-six students were still alive and able to return to help re-establish the university. Sister Luise continues in the English Language program and the university library and collaborates in planning in the national higher education system. In 1985, she received the Fordham University Distinguished Alumni Award.

In 2017, Sister Luise was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to serve in the Personnel Department’s Education Office.

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