Maureen J. Chicoine, RSCJ, received a B.A. in History and Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, New York, and an M.A. in Religious Studies from Fordham University. Born in St. Albans, Vermont, she was educated in parochial schools in Schenectady, New York. She has been a vowed religious since 1962 and transferred her vows to the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1982. She has worked in parish ministry in New Jersey, New York, and California. Most recently in the diocese of San Bernardino, she served as pastoral coordinator (leader of a parish without a resident priest as pastor) in Corona and San Bernardino, California.
Maureen has long been interested in family history and genealogy as well as U.S. history. Her own native heritage on her paternal side has given her a special interest in Native People. For ten years she was a volunteer at the Soboba Indian Reservation in California. After retiring from over forty years of parish ministry, Maureen had time to research how the lives of RSCJ working in Kansas were influenced by their relationship with the Mission Band of the Potawatomi people.
She lives in New Orleans, where she is involved in research, leading adult Bible classes, and working with young adults at Duchesne House for Volunteers.