By Marietta Putzig, SCN
Maureen Taaffe grew up in Hyde Park, MA., where she attended St. Raphael’s School. After graduation from St. Xavier’s Academy in Rhode Island, she entered the SCN community professing her vows in 1956. During her earlier years Maureen became quite interested in the missionary work of the SCNs, especially as they prepared for their first mission in India.
Her primary ministry has been in the education and administrative fields being both teacher/administrator in schools in KY, Ohio, and MA. Of her favorite missions Maureen says, “I loved being in ministry at St. Catherine of Siena School in Fort Thomas, Ky. Up to this day the parishioners continue to support SCN priorities”.
Currently in ministry since 1989 as Pastoral Associate at St. John Chrysostom in W. Roxbury, MA., Maureen finds it both varied and exciting. Sharing the sacred moments from Baptism to death of the parishioners is both a privilege and a joy. Among her many roles in parish life are the preparation of people to serve in the liturgical ministries and the RCIA which offers an opportunity for her own spiritual enrichment as well as preparing adults to full communion in the Catholic Church.
Maureen states that the SCN mission statement grounds her and affords her a basis for encouraging people to work for justice and the poor while living in a multicultural society. Besides the many opportunities to serve others in her present full time ministry as Pastoral Associate she is involved in carrying out the Directives by keeping her own parishioners active by obtaining clothing for the homeless at Pine Street Shelter, collecting food for two food pantries in the area and other activities for emotionally disadvantaged. She also strives to keep parishioners conscious of our own mission, Catherine Spalding House in Brocton.
In her spare time Maureen enjoys walking, reading, and swimming.