With Congregational administration behind her (President of the Maryknoll Sisters, 2003-2009), Sister Suzanne (Sue) Moore moved with another Maryknoll Sister to Asheville, NC, joining three others living in Hendersonville, NC. Sister Sue worked with Catholic Social Service, the agency authorized for immigration assistance, and also helps in their food and clothing program. New for Sister Sue included learning fingerprinting to serve Latinos mostly, but anyone needing a visa or change of status. While in that ministry, Sister Sue attended a city Latino steering committee and a parish Latino advocacy committee.
Sister Sue also met with groups of Hispanic women, members of the Diocesan Faith Formation Team, who give retreats to women. She also was a participant in a Basic Christian Community with Scripture sharing.
Before entering Maryknoll in 1955 from Burlington, VT, Suzanne had earned a degree in history from Trinity College in Burlington. After earning her masters degree in social work from Fordham University, Sister Sue was a Social Worker for the Archdiocese of San Francisco. For eleven years she was Administrator of the Elizabeth Lund Home, a private, non-sectarian agency to care for unmarried mothers and adolescent girls unable to live with family, in her hometown of Burlington.
Sister Sue served the Congregation on the interim leadership team (1969-1971); as vice-president (1985-1991); and as Congregational personnel director. She has traveled to our Maryknoll missions around the world.
For six years, Sister Sue’s summer home was often a tent in a state park, working with migrants from Texas to Michigan while helping children access schools and social services as a staff member of Communities in Schools, a national organization helping children who were at risk of dropping out of school.
In 2012, Sister Sue and several other Maryknoll Sisters opened a house in Yonkers, New York.