“The miracle of birth will always be special to me, no matter how many births I participate in… God is present in each new life.”
A native of Toledo, OH, Sister Moira Hurley served for forty years in South and Central America, lovingly dedicated to nursing, pastoral and social work with the poor. She entered Maryknoll in 1956, after receiving her B.S. in Sociology from Maryville College, St. Louis, MO.
Sister Moira served as guest mistress at the Maryknoll Sisters Center and next as a fifth grade teacher in NYC’s Chinatown before setting out for mission in South America.
After a year of language study in Bolivia, Sister Moira spent three years in Peru, beginning a Parish Social Service Center. Sister Moira worked as the Vicariate Director of another Social Service Center in Bolivia before returning to Peru. In Peru, Sister Moira continued her work in the Social Service Office, while also ministering to the local youth. For the ten years following this ministry, Sister Moira did extensive parish work, served at a clinic among the poor of Lima, and directed the Social Service Center.
In 1985, Sister Moira had to travel home to Maryknoll due to illness, but after a year of recovery, she was again ready to immerse herself in the lives and culture she so loved. She returned to Peru for another seven years, where she served in San Martin Parish through pastoral nursing.
Sister Moira worked for three years at Maryknoll’s Health Services before continuing her international mission work, and in 1997 she embarked for Mexico, where she served as a nurse in a maternity clinic for the next nine years.
Since 2006 she has been a retired but active member of the Maryknoll Community in Monrovia, CA.