Sister Shu Chen Wu was born in Feng Yuan, Taiwan and is the oldest of two brothers and a sister. She received a diploma in elementary education in Tai Pei Teachers College and taught for 14 years including teaching religious education. During this time Shu Chen also was secretary of the Asian Credit Union in her parish and did ministry at a leprosarium in Taipei, Taiwan.
As she got acquainted with the Maryknoll Sisters in Taiwan, she felt that she found what she was looking for and compared it to finding a shoe that fits. you’re comfortable, it feels right for you. She said, “Taiwan has always received missioners. Now it’s our turn to be sent, to share life and faith.
Shu Chen entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 1987 and was assigned to Bolivia where she did pastoral work and religious education in a school. In 2001 Sister Shu Chen received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University in New York. In spite of the difficulty of adapting to U.S. agencies and organization for social work she was in the National and International Honor Society.
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 includes the Language School. She is liaison for students from the States and other countries who are going to work in Latin America or with the growing Hispanic population in the United States, linking them with Bolivian families where they can live and experience the Bolivian culture and practice their Spanish. Sister Shu Chen is part of a team at the Institute which offers 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 strive for a community which respects each culture, an experience of mutual learning.
Sister Shu Chen returned to the United States in 2008 to study in preparation for her appointment as Maryknoll Sisters Orientation Co-Director, effective July 1, 2009.
On July 4th, 2013, Sister Shu Chen was assigned to the Central Pacific Region where she serves in the prison ministry office in the Diocese. Sister Shu Chen is involved in programs such as ( Bible study, Sunday service, Total Life Recovery and Pre-Transition program) in the Women Community Correction Center. Women Community Correction Center is in Kailua, Hawaii