Meet the Running Nuns

Our Founding Sisters

about usMother Paul Marie Santa Lucia entered the convent in 1963 and first came to St. Charles Children’s Home ten years later as a housemother parenting 42 boys. She became the Administrator of the Home in 1982 and developed the unique program that continues to make the Home so well respected today. 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. As an expert in childcare, parenting, behavioral interventions, marriage and family issues, healing prayer and the spiritual life, Mother is a well-beloved and highly sought out resource for advice and prayer.

about usSister Mary Rose Reddy became a Sister in 1980 and spent 18 years teaching at both the high school and elementary levels. As often as she could, Sister Mary Rose volunteered her time to come to Saint Charles to help during the summers. From 1995-1999 she served as a housemother on the girls’ side and then returned in 2003 to help found the Daughters of Mary Mother of Healing Love. Sister Mary Rose is a graduate of Eastern State University in Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s in Education. Sister Mary Rose has a magnetic personality and enthusiasm for the gospel and the mission of the Daughters of Mary that she communicates to everyone she meets.

about usSister Maximilian Cote came from Canada in 1986 to devote herself to Jesus in religious life. Immediately after her novitiate, she came to work in the St. Charles Children’s Home on the boys’ side. She began the running program in 1996 and in February 1998 was recognized with the Runner’s World Golden Shoe Award. As senior housemother, 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 as well as CPR through the Red Cross. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science from Granite State University in New Hampshire.

about usSister Mary Agnes Dombroski entered the convent in 1987 and spent twelve years parenting the troubled girls at St. Charles Children’s Home. During that time, she implemented a unique hiking program for the children exploring trails in New Hampshire and Maine. Sister is the Event Coordinator of the Labor Day race, which has garnered national attention and has been featured in Runner’s World magazine and the CBS Early Show as well as many other publications. She has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Business from John Paul the Great Catholic University in San Diego, California and is currently pursuing biblical studies at the graduate level.