Sister Marcelline Yurkovic


Sister Marcelline founded the Cochabamba Archdiocesan Family Life Center.

Maryknoll Sister Marcelline Yurkovic was born in Coaldale, Pennsylvania, the second oldest of a family of ten children. She entered Maryknoll in 1952 shortly after finishing her studies in St. Mary’s High School. Earning her B.E. in Education from MTC (Maryknoll Teachers College at Maryknoll).

Sister Marcelline began her mission journey as a primary school teacher and principal of San Jose School in the jungles of Bolivia in Riberalta, Beni. After six years she served in various capacities in Cochabamba such as principal of Santa Ana Parroquial (known locally as Maryknoll Grade School). After turning over the school to a lay Bolivian principal Sister moved to La Paz, Bolivia where she became a member of the Diocesan pastoral team for the formation of Christian communities and co-secretary for the National Pastoral program of the Bolivian Bishops Conference.

Returning to Cochabamba in 1979, Sister Marcelline founded the Cochabamba Archdiocesan Family Life Center. In 1982 she returned to the U.S. to serve as part of a team at the Maryknoll Sisters Mission Institute at Maryknoll, N.Y. Before returning to Bolivia, Sister earned her MS in Pastoral Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. Responding to a request of the Bolivian Bishops Conference, she organized National Family Pastoral in La Paz, which then extended to eighteen dioceses in the country. Sister Marcelline has visited and continued her indefatigable work in family pastoral in just about every corner of Bolivia, from the heights of the Altiplano to the lowlands of the Oriente region as well as to many other South American countries on this same mission.

Sister Marceline then served as part of a coordinating leadership team at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY. She currently lives at the Maryknoll Sisters Convent in Monrovia, CA, where she is an active member of the Community.


Monrovia, CA