“I have learned that sick and dying children know if you love them and want to be with them on their journey.” Sister Margaret (Maggie) Sierra was born in Albuquerque, NM. She studied for her LPN degree and worked two years in Bernalillo County Medical Center and went on to graduate from El Paso Community College in Colorado Springs, CO, as an RN After working for two years as charge evening nurse on a cardiac unit at Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, Maggie joined Maryknoll in 1977.
Assigned to Bolivia in 1979, Sister Maggie worked there eleven years. For seven years, she lived in a small Aymara Indian community about two hours outside of La Paz, ran a clinic, did pastoral work and worked with the parish children. In the city of La Paz, on a hillside called Alto Chijini, Sister Maggie continued pastoral work and her commitment to children’s lives. She collaborated with the Archdiocesan Health Committee, organizing continuing education retreats for the staff in the clinics. She volunteered to work for one year in Ocotal, Nicaragua in a war zone, visiting the sick and working with the children in the parish.
In 2000, Sister Maggie returned to Albuquerque, NM, so she can give care to her aunt and her mother, who died in 2010. During these years at home, she has been a volunteer chaplain at the University of New Mexico Hospital, working with children who are sick and with their families. Sister Maggie has a special talent for puppetry, magic and music therapy with which she entertains and distracts the children. She offers hope and prayers for the parents, and translates for those who are only Spanish-speaking.
In 2012, Sister Maggie moved to New York, where she lives at the Maryknoll Sisters Center as a missioner in continued service to God.