The Maryknoll Sisters of Hawaii

Grab interest


Maryknoll Sisters give witness to God’s love and devote their lives in service overseas. As nurses, doctors, teachers, theologians, social workers, environmentalists and more, they serve the needs of the people – the poor, the ailing and the marginalized – where they are missioned.  Their mission began in 1912, when they became the first group of Catholic Sisters in the United States founded for overseas mission.  Today they have approximately 400 Sisters serving in 24 places around the world, including Honolulu, Hawaii, where Sister Joan Chatfield (bottom right, above) and her sisters have devoted their lives to making a difference.

The Maryknoll Story

The Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic is the first United States based Congregation of women religious founded in the early 20th Century for foreign mission work.

Headquartered in Ossining, New York, the Congregation began in January 1912 and  Mary Josephine “Mollie” Rogers (known as Mother Mary Joseph) was chosen as their leader and became their foundress. 

Watch the video featured (left) to gain greater understanding, insight, and appreciation regarding the Maryknoll Sisters.