Though she softly describes herself as “self-contained,” Sister Maliya Hock felt called to live “in service to others” as a student at Mount Gallitzin High School. She and her sibling, the late Sister Francis de Sales Hock, were taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Titus in Aliquippa and experienced the richness of their mother’s deep prayer life.
Sister Maliya nurtured the hearts and minds of children in the Pittsburgh and Altoona-Johnstown dioceses for more than five decades. She recalls fond memories of teaching third through sixth grade at St. Joseph in Natrona during her first year as an educator. She returned to St. Joseph several years later to teach high school science to many of those same students.
She also ministered as a teacher at Annunciation in Pittsburgh; St. Joseph Academy in Ebensburg; St. James in Sewickley; and as principal at St. Bede, St. Raphael, and Nativity schools in Pittsburgh.
An ardent reader of poetry and historical novels, Sister Maliya’s caring presence instilled a love of learning that encouraged her students to overcome obstacles in the classroom and beyond. She remains grateful for the “help of God” to carry the charism with her each day.