Sister Marya Zaborowski



“As for myself, who said, ‘you can’t teach an old dog new tricks’?” quips Sister Marya Zaborowski, a retired medical worker in Hong Kong, now engaged in three totally different, challenging and unique works.”

mzaborowski_lgSister Marya joined the Maryknoll Sisters in 1951, and received her B.S.N. from Mercy Hospital and St. Xavier College, Chicago in 1960. In 1962, Sister Mayra was assigned to the China Region and her ministry was in Our Lady of Maryknoll Hospital in Hong Kong. She was hospital administrator, operating supervisor, and a tutor in the school of nursing.

In 1988 Sister Mayra was appointed Congregational Health Director at Maryknoll, New York. In 1994 Sister Mayra returned to Hong kong and was invited to teach Human Development for Primary 5 and 6. She also taught extra-curricular classes in English conversation.

In 2007, through a former Maryknoll priest, Sister Marya started working as an editor at the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) in Mong Kok, Kowloon. Since 1986, the AHRC has been valued because it provides a regional human rights mechanism within Asia. It represents an important initiative on the part of Asia’s people to take responsibility for dealing with their own problems rather than relying on international and western bodies. Sister Marya says, “My horizons have been expanded by this collaboration and it’s a joy to go to work each day, because new things constantly pop up.”

In addition to her teaching and human rights work, Sister Marya spends Sunday mornings teaching level four in St. Teresa’s Church School of Religion. “This year I have thirteen boys and girls and have had to redo my entire psychology and mental attitudes from nursing students to sharing my life and spiritual vision with eight to ten year olds.”