Sister Roseann Hanley, a native of Richmond Hill, New York, was working at the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York City when she decided to dedicate herself to God as a Maryknoll Sister and a missionary. She entered Maryknoll in 1950.
After First Profession of Vows, Sister Roseann worked for a year at the Center, in Chi Rho Arts. She then earned her Bachelor of Education Degree at Maryknoll Teachers College before being sent on her first mission assignment to Hawaii, where she taught second grade for five years.
In 1963, Sister Roseann embarked for South America, where, after language study, she began a forty-five year ministry to the poor, coastal people of Chile, most of them agricultural workers. During these years of loving service, Sister Roseann aided numerous evolving ministries within the community.
Sister Roseann also worked with Girl Scouts and choral groups, women’s groups, and Basic Christian Communities. Sister Roseann also orchestrated an Art and Crafts workshop, and served as a parish team member, a catechist, and a director of Church music.
Sister Roseann remained in Chile, with the exception of a three-year period of Congregational Service at the Center.
In 2006, Sister Roseann returned to Maryknoll, New York where she is an active and cheerful member. Her Prayer Ministry is Chile.