Sister Maria Homberg entered Maryknoll on September 2, 1964 from Holy Rosary Parish, Hawthorne, New York. She entered with a B.S. in Nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, New York, graduating in 1959 and an M.A. in Nursing Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, (1963).
Her first mission assignment in 1967 was to the Philippines to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Manapla, Negros Occidental, where she was Director of Nursing Service from 1967 – 1970. Sister Maria was then assigned to Maryknoll College, Manila, where she was College and Residence Nurse as well as an Adjunct Professor in the Deptartment of Social Work from 1970 to 1972.
She returned to the Center and worked in Central Health Services as Infirmary Nurse and driver from September 1972 – September 1973. From February 1973 – 1978, while a member of the Rogers Community, Sister Maria was Assistant Professor of Nursing at Pace University, Pleasantville, NY.
While at Pace University, Sister Maria earned an M.A. in Biblical Studies at the Maryknoll School of Theology at Maryknoll, New York from 1976 – 1978 graduating on December 12, 1978. Returning to Teachers College, Columbia University in 1978, Sister Maria received a M.Ed. in 1979 and an Ed. D in Education in 1980.
In 1980, Sister Maria received a special assignment to Bethlehem, Palestine, where she was Associate Professor and Dean of Nursing at Bethlehem University from 1981 – 1992. Like the five other universities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Bethlem University was closed by Israeli authorities following the 1987 December Palestinian uprising. At the July 1992 graduation, which was the first graduation in four years, Sister Maria was among the six academic deans who called each student to receive a degree.
After Renewal, Sister Maria was assigned to the Micronesia Region where she joined the Nursing Faculty at the College of Marshall Islands from 1993 – 1996.
Her next assignment was to the Center as Director of the Maryknoll Mission Institute from 1997 to 2014. She currently resides at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.