Sister Nuncia St. Pierre

Current Ministry Location: Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY

Nuncia St. Pierre was born August 4, 1928 in New Orleans, LA to Rose Compagno St. Pierre and Paul E. St. Pierre. She had 2 brothers: Albert and Bro. Pierre, SC and 2 sisters: Eleanor and Edith. Nuncia graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy, Baton Rouge, LA in 1946.

Nuncia St. Pierre entered the Maryknoll Sisters at the Center in NY October 5, 1946 from St. Agnes Parish, Baton Rouge. She professed First Vows April 6, 1949 at the Center then was assigned to Seattle for her Final Vows April 6, 1952 and to study and earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Education from Providence Hospital School of Nursing at Seattle University, Seattle, WA in 1953.

In 1954, Sister Nuncia was assigned to Tanzania, where she worked in a dispensary and did home visitation in the village of Nygenia, Musoma, until 1959. Next, she served in Rosana, Tarime, as a nurse in a local dispensary, as part of a pre-natal and well-baby program, and taught religion in a local primary school, from 1959-1973.

Sister Nuncia then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center where she worked for a year as a nurse at Bethany House, the residence for elderly and infirm Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, NY, and for the congregation’s infirmary.

In 1976, she returned to Tanzania, where she continued to work in a dispensary and for a maternal/child heal program, this time in Mwanapalala, until 1979.  Then, from 1981-1985, she was a parish worker and was involved with Basic Christian Communities in Chanjale Parish, the Diocese of Same, where she also taught sewing. From 1986-1996, she worked at the Makoko Family Center near Musoma, where she served patients in its health clinic.

Sister Nuncia retired to the United States in 1996, residing first at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, then at the Maryknoll Sister Convent in Monrovia, CA, from 1997 until 2011.  Since 2011 she has continued to reside at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY.