Current Ministry Location-Chicago
Sister Shu Chen was born in Feng Yuan, Taiwan. She received a Degree in Elementary Education from Tai Pei Teachers College In 1981 and taught for 14 years before entering Maryknoll. During this time, Sister Shu Chen also served as Secretary for the Asian Credit Union in her Parish and did ministry at a leprosarium in Taipei, Taiwan.
Sister Shu Chen entered the Congregation on September 6, 1987 at the Novitiate in Newburgh, NY. She professed her First Vows on January 22, 1989 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY and her Final Vows on May 18, 1997 in Bolivia.
In 1990, Sister Shu Chen received her first overseas mission assignment to Bolivia where she did pastoral work and religious education in a school. In 2001, she received a Master of Arts Degree in Social Work from Fordham University in New York.
In 2001, she became Director of Cultural Orientation at the Maryknoll Language School in Cochabamba, Bolivia where she served six years at the Centro Misionero Maryknoll en America Latina (Maryknoll Mission Center in Latin America) which included the Language School. She was liaison for students from the States and other countries who were planning to work in Latin America or with the growing Hispanic population in the United States, linking them with Bolivian families where they lived and experienced the Bolivian culture and practiced their Spanish. Sister Shu Chen was part of a team at the Institute which offered orientation to Latin American history and the reality, including church history as well as cultural orientation. With a challenging mixture of nationalities and ethnic groups all strove for a community which respected each culture, an experience of mutual learning.
In 2008, Sister Shu Chen returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY to study in preparation for her assignment as Maryknoll Sisters Orientation Co-Director.
In 2013, Sister Shu Chen was assigned to the Central Pacific Region where she served in the Diocesan Prison Ministry office. She was involved in programs such as Bible study, Sunday service, Total Life Recovery and Pre-Transition program in the Women’s Community Correction Center in Kailua, Hawaii.
In 2017, Sister Shu Chen was assigned as Co-Director of the Dominican Integration Program in Chicago for young women becoming members of Dominican Congregations including the Maryknoll Sisters.