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Sunday, 24 June 2018 16:39

Nurturing Seeds Planted by Maryknoll Sisters

Written by Roseyn Devlin & Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
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Roseyn Devlin – Hawaii Chapter and Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Hawaiian Maryknoll Affiliate Patti Shannon emphasized: “We need to be bringing more young folks into our Maryknoll Affiliate Movement. They are our future.” Others added that the Affiliates need to reconnect the students of the Maryknoll School in Honolulu to their Maryknoll roots.

Hawaiian Maryknoll Affiliate Roseyn Devlin showed visitors Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss and Manny Hotchkiss the Maryknoll School in Honolulu, Hawaii, where she served as librarian for 22 years before retiring. Maryknoll School graduate Yvonne Morris was happy to talk about the school. Yvonne, who works with the Maryknoll Foundation which supports the Maryknoll School, emphasized that the school is “a loving place.  That’s what the Maryknoll Sisters taught us.”  The school’s motto is Noblesse Oblige: To whom much is given, much is expected.  Yvonne said the Maryknoll Sisters taught them this responsibility by their example: after teaching all day, the sisters went out to help others.

Eleven Maryknoll Sisters currently live in Hawaii—Front row (l to r): Sister Ardis Teresa Kremer, Sister Maria Rosario Daley, and Sister Joan Chatfield. Middle row: Sister Rosalinda Barrozo, Sister Cecilia Santos, Sister Isabel Rabbon, and Sister Aurora de la Cruz. Back row: Sister Earnest Chung, Sister Eleanor Killion, Sister Bitrina Kirway, and Sister Yoo Soo Kim. Used with permission of the Maryknoll School.

In 2017, the Maryknoll Sisters and the Maryknoll School celebrated their 90th year in Hawaii. The school is proud of their Chinese immersion program, harmonious with the Maryknoll Sisters’ historical connection with China. It is no longer staffed by the Maryknoll Sisters, or even officially connected with Maryknoll, but the spirit of Maryknoll lives on in the service attitude engendered by the school. In a Maryknoll School publication commemorating the anniversary, several alumni of the school praised the example and teaching of particular Maryknoll sisters.  Roseyn Devlin is proud of her connection to the Maryknoll School and to the Punahou School, just two blocks away, where her husband, Jerry, taught for 40 years. Both schools are now coed and accept students from any religious background. Punahou was founded by Protestant missionaries and still has strong Christian values. A famous student of Punahou was President Obama. We saw “Obama” scratched in the sidewalk but we don’t know who did it! 

The Maryknoll Sisters, Hawaiian Maryknoll Affiliates, and Maryknoll School continue to nurture young Hawaiians, formed for peace, justice and service, trusting that their efforts will bear good fruit.


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