Sister Maria Hornung is one of 650 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.
A graduate of Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, Sister Maria attended Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and earned her B.S. in Pharmacy from George Washington University. She was then missioned to Africa, where she served as a pharmacist in Fort Portal, Uganda, and in Kampala, Uganda.
In 1970, Sister Maria graduated from Temple University with a Master’s Degree in Education. She worked for several years in Nairobi, Kenya, in the area of group dynamics and human relations with the Association of Sisterhoods in Kenya. In Nigeria, she served a three-year term as District Superior of West Africa, and then was elected our Sector Superior in Africa.
After 25 wonderful years in Africa, Sister Maria repatriated to the U.S. in 1986. She served for nine years as our Formation Coordinator, briefly returning to Africa for 6 months of relief work in Ghana. In 1997, she was elected to a six-year term as our North America Sector Coordinator.
After her years in leadership, Sister Maria felt called to a new mission. She returned to Temple University and graduated with her Master’s Degree in Religion, with a focus on Interreligious Dialogue. She authored a book, “Encountering Other Faiths,” published by Paulist Press, along with an accompanying workbook.
In 2005, Sister Maria began working as Coordinator of Interfaith Education at the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia, whose programs reached over a thousand people last year. She works with adults in diverse settings, facilitating an understanding of their commonalities and an acceptance of their differences. She also serves as Coordinator of our Lifewright ministry, which offers retreat and renewal programs to Medical Mission Sisters. In 2009, she traveled to Indonesia as part of a special U.S. – Indonesian Fulbright exchange program.
Sister Maria shares, “In my encounters with peoples of many countries, cultures and religions…I have met God in many places and under many guises…interreligious dialogue has become a passion with me.”
March 15, 2010