Sister Mary Ann Smith

“My experiences in elementary, secondary, adult and environmental education among peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribberan and the United States have made me appreciate the cultures of others and the beauty and fragility of Planet Earth.”

masmith_lgSister Mary Ann Smith lives in Washington, D.C. where she volunteers with the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns and with ECPAT End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking, USA (ECPAT-USA).

Sister Mary Ann entered Maryknoll in 1952 from Archbald, Pennsylvania. Assigned to the Philippines in 1960, she began teaching in elementary and secondary schools, and studied the Ilocano language. She founded the Diocesan Adult Training Center for the Vicariate of the Mt. Provinces, fostering adult education and community development. This still exists as an independent NGO, The Development Agency for the Tribes of the Cordillera. Her years in the Philippines launched her search for justice and concern for the integrity of the environment, a search and concern which continue today.

At the Center in NY she contributed to the Research and Planning Office. Assigned to the Eastern US Region in 1982, she served as a resource specialist for CODEL, Inc. (Coordination in Development) – a consortium of ecumenical organizations whose goal was to assist development activities among disadvantaged people overseas. She gave International environmental and development workshops.

She was formerly on the staff of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, and served as Education Program Coordinator. She co-authored: Learning About Taxes: Toward a Just and Fair System; the Popular Education Series: Voter Education; and Shaping a New World: The Catholic Social Justice Tradition.

She has served ten years as board member and was the president of ECPAT-USA, an international movement in more than fifty countries focusing on commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Sister Mary Ann serves on the board of the Maryknoll Mission Institute and is a member of the Maryknoll Sisters Centennial Planning Core Committee.