“I have felt the call to overseas mission since my high school years and realizing my dream was a sign that the Lord had plans for me. These have been wonderful years of seeing the face of God in the beautiful Peruvian people. They have taught me so very much and opened my eyes to seeing faith and service through the eyes of the poor and disenfranchised.”
Sister Maureen Robinson, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, NY, has been an Associate Maryknoll Sister of St. Dominic since 1979. Originally from the Bronx, she is a nurse and a teacher, using both her professions with great energy and heart as Directress of a clinic for the sick-poor and a Well-Baby and Pre Natal program in Pamplona Alta, a poor area on the southern rim of the city of Lima.
After language school in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Sister Maureen began her twenty-nine years of sharing life and mission with Maryknoll in Peru and the people of Pamplona Alta.
In 1990 she was named to participate in the Maryknoll Sisters General Assembly, representing the Sister Associate Program.
When in August, 2007, Peru’s earthquake left an estimated 200,000 homeless, Sister Maureen and other Sisters were involved in getting medical supplies, food and emergency aid to the south as well as dealing with those people transported to Lima for medical assistance, surgeries and rehabilitation. There was a need for victims migrating temporarily from the disaster zone, as well as for those accompanying family members in hospitals in Lima. Sister Maureen agreed to incorporate sixty of these people in her clinic’s food program. In both ministry and in community tasks, Sister Maureen has consistently been “heroically generous” over all these years.