Meet the Running Nuns

Our Founding Sisters

about usMother Paul Marie is the Superior of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love. She entered the convent in 1963 and first came to St. Charles Children’s Home ten years later.  She began her work at St. Charles as a housemother parenting 42 boys. She was the Administrator of the Home from 1982 until 2013. Mother received her degree in Behavioral Science from Granite State University in New Hampshire and her Master of Child Care Administration from Nova University in Florida. Mother Paul Marie’s spiritual and practical advice is often sought— particularly by parents.  She is the spiritual director of the Lay Apostolate of Healing Love whose members pray for the intentions of the Daughters of Mary.  As president of the Association she is in charge of choosing, implementing, and directing the various ministries of the Association while helping to maintain the spiritual fervor and equilibrium of the members. She continues to be a positive motherly presence for many former residents of St. Charles Children’s Home. Mother Paul Marie is certified by the Diocese of Manchester as a Procedures Field Advocate for Marriage Invalidity Processes.

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Sister Mary Rose became a Sister in 1980 and spent 18 years teaching in Connecticut at both the high school and elementary levels. From 1995-1999 she served at St. Charles as a housemother and then after a four year teaching interval in Connecticut, she returned in 2003 to help found the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love. From 2003-2011 she served as a childcare worker at St. Charles Children’s Home. Sister Mary Rose has a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Education from Eastern Connecticut State University. She has a Master’s degree in Theology (with a concentration on Moral Theology) from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. She is certified to teach English in CT and NH and has a certification in General Special Education from New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI). From March 2012 until June 2015 she was the supervisor of the St. Charles Education Service. She was certified by the Theology of the Body Institute on October 22, 2015.  She published the Key to the Wine Cellar in January 2015 and the Gospel Players’ Script Book; The Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles in Script in March 2016.   She is the Director of Family Formation for Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Leo parishes in Rochester, NH.  She is a member of the Diocesan Public Policy Commission and a member of the educational trust committee of New Hampshire Right to Life.

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Sister Maximilian came from Ontario, Canada in 1986 to devote herself to Jesus in religious life. Immediately after her novitiate, she came to work as a housemother at St. Charles. She began the running program in 1996 and in February 1998 was recognized with the Runner’s World Golden Shoe Award. Having been the senior housemother for several years, Sister is an expert in childcare, parenting and behavioral interventions. She is a certified instructor in Handle with Care® (a martial arts method of passive restraint) and in CPR through the Red Cross. She is also a certified lifeguard and lifeguard instructor. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Granite State University in New Hampshire. She has served as supervisor of the St. Charles program staff and of the behavioral aspect of the St. Charles School Service.  In July 2014 she completed her training to become an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT).  Once a month she participates in EMS on the job training in Epping.

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Sister Mary Agnes entered the convent in 1987 and spent twelve years as a childcare worker at St. Charles Children’s Home. Sister is the Event Coordinator of the Labor Day race, which has gained national attention and has been featured in Runner’s World magazine and the CBS Early Show as well as in many other publications. She and Sister Maximilian also appeared on EWTN’s Life on the Rock series in September 2007. She has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Business from John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, California and is planning to pursue biblical studies at the graduate level. Sister Mary Agnes is currently the administrator of St. Charles Children’s Home.


Sister Esther Marie made her first profession as a Daughter of Mary, Mother of Healing Love on December 14, 2011. She came to the Daughters of Mary in 2008.  She workedin sports medicine with high school and middle school athletic teams.  She has a BS in Education degree in Physical Education/Athletic Training from Northeastern University. She received a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions in Charlestown, MA. Currently she is employed as a physical therapist by Frisbie Hospital in Rochester, NH specializing in manual therapy. She has extensive experience with participating in prayer meetings and healing prayer ministries.  She made her perpetual vows as a Daughter of Mary, Mother of Healing Love on December 10, 2016.


Sister Mary Joseph professed her first vows as a Daughter of Mary on May 1, 2014.  She is employed by CCNH as an outpatient therapist.  She has her License as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC).  In July 2015 she received her license as a Master Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MLADC). On July 1, 2016 she received her Certificate of Completion in the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center at JRI and then on July 23, 2016 she received her Certified Anger Management Specialist II (CAMS-II) certification. In the spring of 2017 she received a Sex Addiction Certification from the Institute of Psychology of Science in Virginia.  She has a BS in Industrial Technology and an MA in Mental Health Counseling. Prior to coming to the Daughters of Mary she worked for three years at the Team Coordinating Agency in Haverhill, MA as part of the Drug Court Program; she had several outpatient clients at that time. For two years she worked at the Farnum Center in Manchester, NH in residential. She also worked at Southeastern New Hampshire Services as a Substance Abuse counselor with the Drug Court Program. Before entering the community Sister Mary Joseph had extensive parish experience. At St. Charles Children’s Home she has had experience as the Treatment Coordinator and in managing the coordination and treatment of clients connected with the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF).  Currently she is employed as a mental health and substance abuse counselor at New Hampshire Catholic Charities.


Sister Mary Grace made her first profession as a Daughter of Mary, Mother of Healing Love on September 14, 2014. She is a speech-language pathologist, having earned her BA in Speech and Hearing Therapy and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology (MS, CCC-SLP).  She is certified by the American Speech Language Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed by the State of New Hampshire.  She is also certified to teach the Orton-Gillingham method of reading instruction.  In May 2017, she earned her fifth ASHA Award for Continuing Education (ACE).  She is an avid photographer and poet and has won several awards for her efforts.  Her first book of poetry, Nothing To Do But Pray, was published in December 2014. In the fall of 2016, Sister Mary Grace’s second book of poetry, At the Speed of God, was published.  In January 2017, she received her certification as a Pronouncing English as a Second Language (PESL) instructor; and in April 2017, she began working with seven of the international priests in the Diocese of Manchester.


Diana Pham was received into the Aspirancy of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love on July 4, 2017. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science from the University of New Hampshire. She volunteered for ServeUp Tampa, FL with UNH Intervarsity campus in 2014 and for InterCP evangelistic ministry in Israel and Palestine in 2016. She served as a Vision School branch leader at UNH and Dartmouth College in 2016 to increase evangelistic awareness and efforts in the New England area.