Sister Margaret (Peg) Dillon

Sister Margaret (Peg) Dillon
Sister Margaret Dillon, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Panama
Sister Peg Dillon was born in New York City, Sister’s family moved to Hamburg, New York when she was still a small girl, giving her the first in a number of transition experiences throughout her vibrant, missionary life. “I wanted to become a nun,” she later wrote, “since grade school. The mission interested me so very much that in my sophomore year of high school I contacted the Maryknoll Sisters about entering.”

So in 1963, at the age of nineteen, Sister Peg joined Maryknoll, making her first vows three years later. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in community service from Rogers College in 1970, Sister was assigned to Nicaragua at a truly critical time in the country’s history. During her fourteen years of mission there, Sister Peg served devotedly through the devastating earthquake of 1973, the final days of General Somoza’s oppressive dictatorship, and the Sandanista revolution of 1978. She involved herself in pastoral ministry in the Nicaraguan church, in social development and literacy programs, and in leadership training and formation for Basic Christian Communities – all while responding to the people’s emergency needs.

After pursuing theological studies back home in the early 1980s, followed by work on mission education for justice and peace, Sister Peg returned to Nicaragua in 1985, arriving full of hope for peace negotiations.

She remained there until 1988, when Sister returned to the U.S. to work in Congregational Service, earn a Masters in Spirituality and Scripture, and coordinate the Congregational gathering of over five hundred Sisters. In 1998, she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters’ Ecological Sanctuary in the Philippines, where she remained for three years before returning home to care for her father until 2006.

In 2007, Sister Peg was assigned to El Salvador for a brief period. From 2008-2014 Sister Peg served at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in congregational service.

In 2015, Sister Peg was assigned to Panama where her missionary work focuses on our environment and being a one earth community.