Sr. Susan (Sue) Baldus

Current Ministry Location: Maryknoll Sisters Center-Maryknoll, NY      

Sister Sue (Susan), is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She earned a BS in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and worked as an occupational therapist.  She entered Maryknoll in 1960.

Sister Sue went to the Land of the Morning Calm, Korea, in 1964, and she considers that her second home, having lived there for thirty-six years.  She did varied works in Korea, but always centered on helping her neighbors.

Sister Sue taught English at Dae Gun Boys Middle and High School in Inchon.  At the Maryknoll Hospital in Pusan she developed a full-scale Rehabilitation Department, and she was the English secretary for the Korean hospital administrator.  She also helped doctors in rotating to the USA for experience in an American hospital.

Sister Sue noticed there was a need to help young physically-challenged women gain their independence, so she helped them create the Jisan Self-Reliance Center.  There women can work and live outside their homes.  The women developed a sewing business, which helped them gain some financial independence.  Sister Sue also helped the women learn social skills and develop good personal relationships.  After six years, she turned over direction of the Center to the Korean Benedictine Sisters.

Sister Sue then went to Seoul, where she had a variety of roles: she visited young men living with AIDS, she did rehabilitation work at a clinic for the homeless, and she helped young Korean women discern their life vocation.

Sister Sue returned to Maryknoll in 2003 and became Coordinator of the Eden Community of the Maryknoll Residential Care.  Over the years, she has served in many different capacities.  She was on the Central Orientation Team for candidates preparing for First Profession of Vows and mission.  She has been on the Mission Awareness & Promotion team, and she was on the logistic team that prepared for the 2008 General Assembly of Maryknoll Sisters.  In 2010 Sister Sue was elected Co-coordinator of the Rogers Community at Maryknoll.

Presently, Sister Sue works in the Treasury Department.