Sister Moira was born January 2nd, 1934 in Toledo, OH to Marie A. (Hahn) and John P. Hurley. She had one sister. Moira graduated from St. Ursula Academy, Toledo, OH in 1952.
Sister Moira entered the Congregation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY on September 2nd, 1956 after earning a Bachelor of Science in Sociology degree from Maryville College, St. Louis, MO in 1956. She pronounced First Vows on June 24th, 1959 at the Sisters Center and Final Vows on the same date in 1965 in Bolivia. While still at the Sisters Center, she served first as guest mistress and next as a fifth grade teacher in NYC’s Chinatown before setting out for her first overseas mission in South America.
After a year of language study in Cochabama, Bolivia, Sister Moira spent three years in Peru beginning a Parish Social Service Center. She 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 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, due to illness, Sister Moira traveled home to Maryknoll 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 in 1986 for another seven years, serving in pastoral nursing through San Martin Parish.
In 1993, she returned to Maryknoll, NY to serve at the Maryknoll Sisters Center Health Services Clinic for three years 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.
Sister Moira served for forty years in South and Central America, lovingly dedicated to nursing, pastoral and social work with the poor. In 2006, she retired to being an active member of the Maryknoll Sisters Community in Monrovia, CA.
Due to health reasons, Sister Moira returned to the Center in NY in 2019 where she resides in the Sisters Home Health Care Unit.