Sister Victoria Marie at MCS RIP

Our beloved Sister Victoria Marie from our MCS days (now known as Sister Marie Ann Lipetzky) passed away May 19 at 7:32 p.m. at Motherhouse.

Please see the attached photo and announcement. Services are pending.

Please say a prayer/Rosary in memory of her. She taught us the love of music and some of us were in the Glee Club. Rest in Peace, dear Sister, in God's hands.

You were an inspiration to your students.

A Letter from Congregational Leadership Team - May 15, 2020

February brings a very special day for us the Maryknoll Sisters!

On February 14, we celebrate our centennial as a canonically recognized religious congregation. On that day in 1920, Pope Benedict XV declared that the community, founded less than a decade earlier by Mary Josephine “Mollie” Rogers, was now a diocesan congregation and could engage in worldwide missionary work under the Church’s guidance.

In the 100 years since, all of our work has been possible only because of the dedicated support and prayers of friends like you. The earliest missionary work undertaken by the Maryknoll Sisters was among disadvantaged people here in the US, such as the Japanese immigrant population on the west coast. After their recognition as a congregation, the Sisters set out for missionary work in China, Korea, the Philippines, Hawaii and elsewhere. Our Foundress, Mother Mary Joseph (bottom left) with Sisters preparing to leave for mission in China, 1922.

Today, we have 351 Sisters serving in 24 locations around the world. Their missions focus on what is most needed in their communities: health care, education, an end to human-trafficking and the abuse of women and children, and access to life’s necessities such as clean water and food. Wherever they serve, you are with them every step of the way — supporting them through your generosity and enabling them to make God’s love visible.

We have great hopes for our second century of ministry, and we pray that you will continue to walk beside us and offer your support through your prayers and generosity.


Sr. Marie Corinne Rost celebrated her 101st birthday in July 2018,


Yangtze Repertory Theatre of America

Displaying Four volumes (of eight) of bilingual publication by Joanna Chan, Yangtze’s cofounder, Artistic Director (1992-2014) & Emeritus Director

The second, third and fourth volumes (of eight) of Joanna Chan’s collected bilingual works for the theater have been published by M I Design in Hong Kong.

Available since last year, the first volume includes five bilingual (English and Chinese) works that were performed in multiple languages in New York City and in Hong Kong. Among them is The Empress of China, a work commissioned by Hong Kong Repertory Theatre in 2011, that tells the venture of the merchant ship bearing that name, which set sail from New York’s Hudson River in 1784 and reached Canton, China, seven months later, ushering in the first encounter of the American and Chinese peoples. The play premiered in Hong Kong in 2011, followed by a New York production by Yangtze six months later.

The second volume includes three of Chan’s best known early works: Empress Dowager which she directed for all three companies of which she was once Artistic Director: Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Four Seas Players and Yangtze; Before the Dawn-Wind Rises, commissioned by HK Repertory Theatre, on forgiveness and reconciliation; and Crown Ourselves With Roses, commissioned by Sing Tao Newspaper on 50 years of breathtaking development in Hong Kong.

The third volume includes what Chan considers her most important work, The Soongs: By Dreams Betrayed which she directed for Yangtze in 2003 and HK Rep in 2014. Also included are The Years of the Hungry Tiger, the production of which was cancelled in Hong Kong in 1989; and Forbidden City West, a musical on 100 years of Chinese-American history.

The fourth volume includes what Chan considers one of her major works, OneFamilyOneChildOneDoor, a black comedy on the human cost of China’s one-child policy, plus two other Chinese classics: Luo Shen, the Legend of the River Luo, on the family tragedy of the mighty Cao Cao in the third century, and Fated: Tears and Laughter adapted from a 1930s popular novel. All three, as Chan’s other works, explore human dignity and rights.

Chan is the single living Chinese chosen by the Museum of the City of New York for the permanent exhibition, New York at its Core, on New York City’s 400-year history, which opened on November 18, 2016. Her life story as an artist and a pioneer community and spiritual leader is in an interactive, digital display along those of 74 other notable New Yorkers including one of the US’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, David Rockefeller, J P Morgan, Fiorello LaGuardia and Dorothy Day.

The limited edition of all four volumes is available at MI Design at HK$230.00 each or US$30.00 plus US$12.00 postage, insurance and handling charges. There will be a 10% discount for purchase of 3 or more volumes. For performing rights in any medium, please also contact M I Design directly at Suite 2014, 21st floor, #2 Chinachem Exchange Square, 338 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong. Tel.: 2512-0702; fax: 2807-1505.


A wonderful article in New York Times about the Maryknoll Sisters

In October, a woman you haven’t heard of who died in 1955 will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, N.Y., along with Betty Ford, Nancy Pelosi, Kate Millett and Julie Krone, the great jockey. She is Mary Josephine Rogers, also known as Mollie, also known as Mother Mary Joseph, founder of the Congregation of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic.

Click here for details


MCS 2013 graduates made two videos for you.

Click here - "Forever Be True"
Click here - "三年之約"

Our Maryknoll Sisters' Film: Trailblazers in Habits

Click here for the preview of the film.

The documentary film was directed by Nancy Tong about our Maryknoll Sisters’ work in Hong Kong and China.  Congratulations to Nancy that the film has been selected (among 130 entries) for screening at the Sarasota Film Festival in Florida. There are more news releases here and among them, Nancy’s interview with the Chinese Catholic media, Fountain of Love:
Film Festival Compeltition
The Preview of the Film
Radio Interview with Nancy Tong
Review the film and a brief history of the film.

The update on the bathroom project from Sr. Jeanne - Aug 22

Click here to view the Sister Jeanne's letter - Aug 22, 2013.pdf

In addition, here is a quick note and picture from Tania in New York:

"One of the doors to the bathroom was not taped anymore and I had a quick peep and took this picture for you all.  There may have been some remediation work for removal of asbestos or lead (not confirmed) as the walls in this room and the one behind it has been removed.  The empty spaces are spotless without a speck of dust.  Perhaps it might be the result of remediation that requires all dust particles to be vacuumed during removal.  A Sister whom I do not know saw me coming out of the bathroom was happy to tell me that "Some people donated money for us to make the bathroom better!" I just smiled at her and didn't mention whom.