Current Ministry Location: Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY
Sister Maureen was born June 6th 1943 in Rosedale, NY to Mary (Feeley) Hanahoe and Edward Hanahoe. She had 3 sisters. Sister Maureen graduated from Mary Louis Academy High School in Jamaica, NY in 1961.
Sister Maureen entered the Congregation at their Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll,NY on September 2nd, 1962. She pronounced First Vows June 24th, 1965 and Final Vows June 6th, 1976; both at the Sisters Center. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Community Service from Rogers College, Maryknoll, NY in 1970. After initial service as a nurse aide among the Sisters in the Center, Sister Maureen was assigned in 1970 to her first mission in Talca, Chile. In Chile, she was involved in such ministries as home-visiting, serving as a nurse aide, and visiting political prisoners following the military coup.
In 1974, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NYwhere she served as a nurse 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.
From 1981-184, Sister Maureen attended the College of New Rochelle in New Rochelle, NY andearned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing . That year, she returned to the Altiplano of Peru where she did Clinical Nursing and health education, as well as work in human rights.
In 1995, she returned to the U.S. for a Sabbatical Program and upon completion in 1997 she provided pastoral care to the residents of the Residential Care at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.
Returning to Peru in 1999, 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.
In 2003 – 2008, 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.
In 2013, she was assigned to the Congregational Vocation Department at the Sisters Center in NY.