Among the Adrian Dominican Jubilarians with connections to the Diocese of El Paso are:
Sister Maureen Gallagher, OP, formerly known as Sister Marie Helen, is celebrating her 60-year Jubilee this year. A native of Chicago, she graduated from Mount St. Mary Academy and entered the Adrian Dominican Congregation in June 1956 from St. Kilian Parish in Chicago. She professed her first vows in 1959 and her final vows in 1961.
Sister Maureen holds a bachelor’s degree in history and education from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores, Florida, and a master’s in human resources from Governor State College.
Sister Maureen’s first teaching assignments took her to schools in Florida. Among her early assignments was Queen of Peace School in Fort Lauderdale, where she taught from 1966 to 1967..She returned to her native Chicago to serve as a teacher; an urban planner for the City of Chicago; and for two years as the program manager for the non-profit Coalition of Housing in Chicago.
In 1986, she created and developed Mary’s Pence, a non-profit organization that invests in projects that enhance the lives of women. She directed the program from 1986 to 1996. In addition, she created and developed a radio interview program, Voices that Listen, which she started at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Currently, she resides in El Paso and serves as the marketing director for a women’s sewing co-op based in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
“I entered religious life because I wanted to know the mystery of God, to understand who this mystery was,” Sister Maureen said. “God is still a mystery, but I have been blessed and learned many things about human beings, the institutional Church, and the Church of the People of God.”