Compassion in nursing has been the hallmark of Sister Marie’s service as a Maryknoll Sister. Her skills have taken her to both Korea and South Sudan, where she has been involved with establishing and opening medical clinics, and serving in hospitals, sometimes in very difficult circumstances.
Born in Boston, MA, Sister Marie entered Maryknoll on September 2nd, 1956, from St. William’s Parish, Tewksbury, MA. Before entering Maryknoll, Sr. Marie earned her R.N. at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Brighton, MA in 1949 and her B.S. in Nursing at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC in 1956. Sister Marie also served for two years with the U.S. Air Force Nursing Corps from 1952 – 1954.
Sister Marie’s first foreign mission assignment was to Korea, where she worked as a clinic nurse in Pusan, treating thousands of refugees from Communist China from 1960 – 1965. She was then sent to Kang Hwa where she was involved in Public Health from 1965 – 1967 at the JOC Clinic, operated by Maryknoll Fathers. This was followed by one year with Catholic Relief Services Hospital Medical Team in Vietnam.
Sister Marie returned to clinic and public health nursing in Kang Hwa in 1968. At Christ the King Clinic in Kwang Hwa she served as Assistant Clinic Director and supervised the nurses in the Public Health Program for two years. In 1972, Sister Marie moved to Jeung Pyeong to serve as Assistant Director, Supervisor of Nurses and Supervisor of the Treatment Room at Maryknoll Clinic, all the while preparing the Korean staff to take over operations.
In 1975, Sister Marie returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY, where she worked on Promotion in the Chicago area from 1975 – 1977.
In January 1978, Sister Marie returned once more to Korea, working as Administrator of the Maryknoll Clinic in Jeung Pyeong, and Physician’s Assistant for its Skin Clinic. Then she moved to Mapugo, Seoul, South Korea in 1990, serving there until 1992.
Sister Marie returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 1992, where she served as Assistant Administrator and Assistant Director of Nurses for the Maryknoll Nursing Home until 1997. In 1999 she was then sent to South Sudan, where she helped operate a clinic for a short time until civil war seriously disrupted the lives of civilians and causing the Sisters to be forced to leave. Since her return to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in 1999, Sister Marie has served as a nurse in outpatient care in the Congregation’s Wellness Center since her retirement in 2014.