Sister Rosemary Healy

“To be a Maryknoller is to share by osmosis the peoples, countries and beliefs of God’s people in all those countries where we live and work.”

rhealy_lgSister Rosemary Healy has been in mission in New York, Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala. She also spent two months providing emergency assistance in San Salvador during the Nicaraguan crisis and was later featured in the book Hearts on Fire: the Story of the Maryknoll Sisters.

Born in Butte, Montana, her family moved to San Francisco, CA where she completed grammar school, graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy, and worked as a secretary before entering Maryknoll in 1951.

Sister Rosemary taught 8th grade in an African American Puerto Rican parish, South Bronx before being assigned in 1966 to Manizales, Colombia to a team of Maryknoll priests and Sisters administering the Latin American Catechetical Institute. In 1970, she was elected to the Maryknoll Sisters Central Governing Board for a four year term. Later in Mexico City she accompanied the people in a poor sector of the city in initiating Basic Christian Communities.

In 1981, Sister Rosemary moved to Guatemala to serve as the Mexico-Guatemala-El Salvador Regional Coordinator, living in Huehuetenango. These were challenging times for the Guatemalan people – the civil war was at its height. In accompanying them, the Sisters were inspired by the spirit and faith of the people during great suffering.

Sister Rosemary lived in the parishes of Catarina, San Marcos; El Milagro and San Jose la Comunidad, both in Mixco, and there she later wrote, “We experienced the talents and commitment of our lay co-workers in the formation of Catechists, Delegates of the Word and Women’s Groups.”

After all these years in mission and compassionate friendship, Sister Rosemary in 2004 returned to the Maryknoll Center in New York, continuing in mission in the Secretariat’s Office and then through research and writing in our Creative Productions Office.