Maryknoll Sister Maureen Hanahoe, a native of the Diocese of Brooklyn, celebrated her golden jubilee with a Mass of thanksgiving for her 50 years of service on Sunday, June 17, at Annunciation Chapel, Maryknoll Sisters Center.
Born in Rosedale, Sister Maureen entered Maryknoll in 1962. Her first foreign assignment was to Talca, Chile, where she served in home visitation, working with mothers’ groups and participating in community meetings, as a nurse’s aide, from 1972 to 1974. She then returned to the Maryknoll Motherhouse, where she served as a nurse’s aide in the infirmary.
In October 1976, she was sent to Huancane, Peru, where she served in Christian community work, prison ministry, and health education in rural communities, until 1979. In 1980, she went to Mocachi, Peru, where she again worked in health education and women’s groups for a year.
She then returned to the States to complete her nursing studies, returning to Peru in 1985, where she resumed her work in health education, as well as Christian community formation for the next 10 years.
Following a year’s sabbatical in 1996, she provided pastoral care at the Sisters’ nursing home in Ossining, N.Y., for a year, returning again to Peru in 1998, where she has served in prison ministry until the present day