Sister Mary T. Connell, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Sister Mary T. Connell is currently the Business Manager for the Maryknoll Mission Institute, a position she has truly made her own since beginning there in 2003. The Mission Institute is an education ministry sponsored by the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation which provides continuing education and renewal programs for missioners and others engaged in cross-cultural ministries.
She was assigned to Korea in 1963. In preparation for this assignment she attended the Coady International Institute in Antigonish Nova Scotia, Canada and graduated with a certificate in social leadership in 1964.
Going to Korea in 1964 she studied the Korean Language and then worked at the Cooperative Education Institute as the Assistant to the Director, Sister Gabriella Mulherin, MM. The work of the Institute located in Seoul was focused on Socio-Economic Development through education for Credit Unions and Cooperatives. She worked with the Korean Staff of the Institute where she prepared English language versions of reports, lectures and publications. From 1966-1969, she studied at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan, where she earned a B.S. in Sociology & Far Eastern History. On her return to Korea, she worked in socio-economic development and administration until 1971.
A Maryknoll Sister for over 60 years, Sister Mary was born in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland. She grew up in New York City, where she attended St. Brendan’s Grammar School in the Bronx and St. Jean Baptiste High School in Manhattan, graduating from there in 1954.
Prior to entering Maryknoll she studied at Pace College, Manhattan for three semesters while being employed at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where she worked for two years. She entered Maryknoll in 1956 from St. Brendan’s Parish, Bronx, NY, and received her religious name, Sister Marian James.
She returned to the USA and served her Congregation in the Maryknoll Sisters Vocation Team and Orientation Team from 1972-1976. After that, until 1985, she was the Maryknoll Sisters Center Administrator. To qualify as Administrator of Maryknoll Nursing Home, she studied at Jewish Home and Hospital in New York City, completed a six-month internship at St. Cabrini Nursing Home, and passed the State exam for her New York State Nursing Home License in 1986. She then served as Administrator of the Maryknoll Nursing Home and Maryknoll Residential Care for 17 years, until December 2001. She then served for six years as Executive Secretary to the Congregational Leadership Team, before beginning work with the Mission Institute.