Sister Maria Orlandini, OSF

Director of Advocacy

Sr. Maria Orlandini OSF, born in Italy, joined the Canossian Daughters of Charity and after formation was sent to the North American Province in Albuquerque, NM for almost 25 years. She has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University, Chicago and has served in parish ministry, as Youth and Young Adults Director, Director of Faith Formation, Pastoral Associate and her community’s Director of National/International Volunteer program.   As part of different committees she has been privileged to travel for meetings and experiences in the Philippines, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico as well as Tanzania, Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. In these countries she believes she was privileged to get to know first- hand the poverty and injustices that keep people and countries poor as well as the warmth of their welcome, the simplicity of their lives and the depth of their trust in God.

Sr. Maria fulfilled a life-long dream when she was sent as a missionary to East Africa for six years as a member of the leadership team of her community and worked, among other responsibilities, with young sisters in initial formation. She loved every minute of it but was happy to return to minister in the USA. On her return from Africa, she made a promise to herself that she would get involved in fighting the root causes of poverty and injustice.

Inspired by the Franciscan way of life, Sr. Maria transferred to the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 2008 and became a member of their JPIC Committee and of the sub- committees on Human Trafficking and Gun Violence Prevention. She was also part of a delegation to El Salvador. She ministered for several years in Chester, PA and, after experiencing the way people live in that impoverished and violent city, she decided she wanted to do more to combat the injustices which keep people poor.  Sr. Maria welcomes the opportunity to work with FAN in a very special and challenging year.  “God help me and help us all!”

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