Sister Maureen Joyce, RSM

sister Maureen Joyce, RSMSister Maureen Joyce, RSM has served as chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany since 1990.  Since becoming a Catholic nun nearly 49 years ago, Sister Maureen has advocated for area children, families, seniors, the poor, mentally ill, abused, homeless, displaced and minority populations.  She oversees an organization that operates 13 community-based agencies providing programs in 14 counties in upstate NY serving more than 90,000 people annually.  In 1971, while conducting her graduate work at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare, Sister Maureen founded and directed Community Maternity Services of Catholic Charities serving pregnant and parenting adolescents.

Sister Maureen manages a network of 1100 Catholic Charities employees and 1400 volunteers at 64 locations.  She has led the local Catholic relief efforts during disasters such as 9/11, the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti. 

Sister Maureen serves on more than 10 local, statewide, and national boards including Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.  For 40 years, Sister Maureen has displayed remarkable dedication in her efforts to address public policy issues through her leadership on statewide councils and national committees of the New York State Catholic Conference and Catholic Charities USA. 

Sister Maureen received her bachelor’s in history from the College of Saint Rose and has been awarded honorary doctorates of Humane Letters from the College of Saint Rose and Siena College.  Her vision for social and economic justice is inspirational and her support for the less fortunate is unwavering and, above all, passionate.