Sister Maureen Wallace, 76

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In 1961, after graduating from Cathedral High School, Maureen Wallace, who grew up in Portland, Maine, tentatively decided to become a nun. I say tentatively, because for quite a while when asked if she planned to stay, she’d reply that she wasn’t sure, she’d have to give it another month. She stayed and now, almost 60 years later, she is back in Portland after spending 31 years In Maine Indian Education as a teacher and school principal. She spent a year and a half at Indian Township in Princeton and the rest of her time at the Pleasant Point Reservation (Sipayik) in Perry.

In this episode of Conversations About Aging, Sister Maureen talks about becoming a nun, going to college, and being a teacher. She loved teaching, was even Maine’s Teacher of the year in 1975. She’s still teaching, helping first-graders at Riverton School in Portland with their reading. I think you’ll enjoy my conversation with Sister Maureen. And if you have any preconceived notions about the life of a nun, please tuck them away.

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Sister Maureen Wallace reading to two children at school on Pleasant Point Indian Reservation.

Sister Maureen reading a story to her students at the Passamaquoddy Pleasant Point Reservation in Perry, Maine
Sister Maureen's sweet and lively dog.


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