Sister Maureen Hanahoe has been witnessing people’s persevering faith in God in the different ministries that she has involved herself. She is from Rosedale, NY, and joined the Maryknoll Sisters on September 2, 1962. After initial service as a nurse’s aide among our Sisters in Ossining, NY, Sister Maureen was assigned in 1970 to her first mission in Talca, Chile, after studying Spanish in Cochabamba, Bolivia. While in Chile, she was involved in such ministries as home-visiting, serving as a nurse’s aide, and visiting political prisoners following the military coup.
She later returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, where she served as a nurse’s aide for Sisters in the infirmary. In 1976, she was assigned to the altiplano of Peru. Here her ministries focused on Christian community formation, prison ministry, and health education in rural communities.
Following a year’s sabbatical in 1997, Sister Maureen provided pastoral care to residents of the Maryknoll Sisters Residential Care Center in Ossining. Returning to Peru in 1998, she became a member of Emmaus, a spiritual accompaniment team. The focus of the Emmaus program is to be aware of God’s presence and direction in the ordinary happenings of everyday life. Together with this team, Sister Maureen ran formation courses and workshops in accompaniment skills for local pastoral agents who felt drawn to accompany others.
While doing family ministry in New York caring for her father before he died, Sister Maureen served as a prison chaplain for Hispanic immigrants. She was able to return to Peru in 2008, and became involved in ministry in the men’s and women’s prisons in Tacna.