Sister Nenita Tapia

 “Where there is a will we must look for a way.”

Sister Nenita Tapia entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 1960 from Espritu Santo Church in Manila after having earned her B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. In 1964, Sister Nenita was assigned to Cochabamba, Bolivia where she taught Chemistry and Religion, as well as supervising the Religion Program in Maryknoll High School. Sister Nenita taught Chemistry at the State Technical University and worked as a research chemist in a laboratory funded by the United Nations in Oruro, Bolivia.

She returned to the Center, Maryknoll NY to become supervisor of the Data Processing Office of our Development Department for 3 years. In 1975, Sister Nenita was assigned to Bandung, Indonesia where she was a lab instructor in the Institute of Technology and did research in Appropriate Technology. Sister Nenita served in Kupang, Indonesia, in the Catholic University, where she headed up the Science/Chemistry Department, was head of the library, and also found time to do some retreat work.

In 1989 Sister Nenita returned to Manila, Philippines, and was certified in Clinical Pastoral Education and worked as campus minister at the State Polytechnic University of the Philippines, giving Bible Study seminars to students, coordinating religious and spiritual activities of Catholic students in the school. Sister Nenita was liaison to the Administration which expected liturgical services for school celebrations of graduation, anniversaries, and other special occasions.

Sister Nenita returned to the United States where she assumed the position of Business/Admissions Administrator in the Maryknoll Sisters Mission Institute for three years. In 2003, Sister Nenita returned to the Philippines and she resumed holding Bible Study Seminars and became involved in Vocation Ministry, with a brief stint of six months at the Baguio Maryknoll Ecological Sanctuary.