Maryknoll Sisters Commit Their Lives to Love

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Sisters from Peru, East Timor, South Korea and the Philippines make final vows


Four young women began their mission journeys in four different countries of the world. They had never met each other before they gathered at Maryknoll, N.Y., but the same Spirit moved each one with the strong desire to reach out in love to the poor and forgotten of this world. They responded to this call by making initial temporary vows of poverty, chastity and obedience as members of the Congregation of Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic. Now, having lived this vocation and served in mission overseas, the four recently made this their lifetime commitment with permanent vows.

Featured Image: Sisters (l. to r.) Gloria Ardenio Agnes, Isabel da Costa Araujo, Juana Encalada, Hyun Jung Kim stand before Our Lady of Maryknoll. (S. King/U.S.)


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Mary Ellen Manz, M.M.

Maryknoll Sister Mary Ellen Manz of Jamaica, New York, entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in 1950 after having graduated from the Mary Louis Academy. She served in Chile, South Sudan and in different positions at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. She is also the Sisters’ liaison to Maryknoll Magazine and has written many articles about the Sisters for the publication.