Sister Maria Rosario was born in Albany, N.Y. After receiving her B.A. degree from St. Rose College, she entered the Maryknoll Sisters 72 years ago. Her first missionary assignment, in 1984, was to the Territory of Hawai`i.
She taught at Maryknoll High School in Honolulu, St. Ann's in Kaneohe, and St. Augustine's in Wailuku, Maui. Through the years,she taught, touched, and empowered countless lives. Alumni from those schools continue sharing their lives with her, inviting her to important family events, and sending her photos of their grand- and great-grandchildren. After leaving the classroom, she earned a Master's Degree in Mathematics from Boston College and worked for the Honolulu Catholic Dioceses, installing the first computer system and training the staff how to use it.
Presently, she considers her primary assignment praying for our world and giving thanks to God for her 93 years of life on earth and all the octogenarians she still calls "my pupils."