2012 Archival Treasures

Healing Presence

Pastoral Care in “Priestless Parishes”
Providing pastoral care in “priestless parishes” is just one of the ways Medical Mission Sisters have been called to be a healing presence. Medical Mission Sister Joan Barina and Mercy Sister Joyce Ross spent over 30 years together, first as religious education coordinators throughout the Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, then as pastoral associates in Our Lady of the Angels Parish in Kenai. Appointed by the bishop to these positions, they are among a relatively small group of Church workers who have ministered to persons in parishes without resident priests. The two Sisters recently published a book on their experience in Alaska entitled “Our Journey with the Real Church: Faith in the Last Frontier.” “Today, the entire Church is in need of ordained clergy,” they note in their book. “However, we have noticed that the Church in spite of fewer priests is the Church. The faith-filled laity (are) still practicing and are very aware that they are the Church.” A Wisconsin native, Sister Joan entered the Medical Mission Sisters in 1961 and met Sister Joyce while working for the national hospital system in Alaska. During her three decades in the state, Sister Joan helped with sacramental preparation, RCIA programs, and catechetical work with adults and children. She also facilitated a Scripture study group and an outreach to prisoners. A graduate of Marquette University, in April 2012, Sister Joan received “A Person for Others Award” at Marquette’s Alumni National Awards Ceremony in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both Sisters Joan and Joyce retired to Albany, New York, in 2009. While writing their book, they began serving as Eucharistic Ministers at Peter’s Hospital, a ministry they continue today, as well as “helping out” in the city’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. “God is with us no matter what. We’re still praying to the same Jesus. He’s there even if ‘Father’ isn’t. I think people realize that,” the two Sisters reflect. “Our Journey with the Real Church: Faith in the Last Frontier,” can be purchased from
(December 1, 2012)
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Enriching the Lives of Children with Disabilities
Caring for children with disabilities in Peru is among the hundreds of ways that our Sisters and Associates try to be a healing presence today. In Peru, the government declared 2011 to 2020 as the “decade of people living with disabilities” and 2012 as the “year of national integration and appreciation of our diversity.” Although there is a general (protective) law for people with disabilities, our Sisters in Peru note that all do not benefit from it. Disability remains a factor that aggravates the extreme poverty of many families. COFARI (Community of Families and Comprehensive Rehabilitation) began in Arequipa 10 years ago in the house of the mother of a child with cerebral palsy. It began with three children and after a year grew to eight. The staff of COFARI are now offering professional counseling, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, psychology, speech therapy, balanced meals, and shuttle service to and from home. Most children come from families with low income and pay very little for the daily therapies. Sister Pat Gootee shares the story of Eduardo who is five years old and has cerebral palsy and mental retardation. He could not walk or talk, but answered with his eyes and smile. Eduardo requires daily therapies to reduce the spasms of his muscles and facilitate the mobility of his body. Sister says, “He stays in COFARI during the day and his mom has found a job to support the family. After having surgery, he is able to sit in a wheelchair. We hope that in a year or two of physical therapy and occupational therapy, Eduardo will be able to enter a special school and learn a trade that can support him in life.” Another child, Heiner is a 15-year-old boy who was born with “split spine” (a congenital spine disorder), could not read or write and had a learning disability. In 2010, the local government started a literacy project in the community center of the neighborhood (Bocanegra). Once a week, Heiner comes to physical therapy where he has contact with other children. Our Sister Tomasa, a teacher, has visited Heiner regularly and encouraged him to do handicrafts to sell and earn a little income. He also is involved in making handicrafts with other children and parents of the group receiving physical therapy in our project. “For me, Heiner is a beautiful example of how therapy can let the kids be more independent, and this makes life easier for the family. It shows me also how much can be accomplished when the families take advantage of the opportunities that arise and get involved in the local community. We continue, day by day, walking with Heiner and his family,” says Sister Christianne Gadiot.
(October 15, 2012)
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Special Companions at the End of Life’s Journey
Journeying with those preparing to go home to God is one of hundreds of ways that our Sisters and Associates try to be a healing presence today For many years, a number of our Sisters and Associates have been special companions to those passing from Earthly to Eternal life. They each recognize the sacredness and mystery of this time in a person’s life. Each in her or his own way, offer their physical presence, their care and compassion, and their prayers, trying to be fully present to the person who is approaching death. One such companion is North American Medical Mission Sister Denise Elliott, who has worked with hospice patients for some time. At Action AIDS in the 1980s, she witnessed many suffering people who were isolated from the structures meant to help them. But she also recalls, “I came away…enriched and more at ease with how people die, and at the same time, growing in my understanding that each death is as unique as each person.” She shares, “I remember well the first time I just sat breathing in rhythm with a person who was in a deep coma. The experience of connecting with not only that person but life itself was, and is, a profound ‘knowing,’ of experiencing God.” For Sister Denise, being involved with hospice “is a way to stay close to this final incredible mystery.” A social worker who has an MSW Degree from Temple University, and who once worked as an Assistant Administrator in Calcutta House, a hospice for men with AIDS, Sister Denise says, “another gift of being a hospice volunteer is availability to family members who are also traveling a new uncharted path. I am so impressed at how so many families unselfishly share home and time and energy to be there for their loved one who is dying.” “Being part of hospice, accompanying a person who is dying, is a pure gift. It is for me a deep renewal of my belief in life, of my faith that love is God and this love is eternal.”
(September 1, 2012)
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From Drug and Alcohol Addiction to Healthy Living
Providing wholesome, homegrown food for city dwellers whose health has been compromised through addiction is one of the hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates try to be a healing presence to others today. As part of its program of holistic recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, New Jerusalem Now (NJN) in North Philadelphia takes advantage of the summer season to grow its own produce. Lettuce, tomatoes, squash, kale, collards, peppers and more help feed the 30-40 formerly homeless residents of NJN. Founded by Medical Mission Sister Margaret McKenna over 20 years ago, New Jerusalem Now reaches out to marginalized persons in a very poor area of the city. NJN’s five empowering therapies are:
– addicts helping addicts
– solidarity in recovery
– recovery that includes 12 Step and
Alternatives to Violence Programs
– family-like recovery model
– giving back to the local community
NJN shares the homegrown produce it cannot use with those in the local neighborhood as a way of giving back.
(August 1, 2012)
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Sister Yumiko Nobue’s Healing Presence in Japan
Accompanying families suffering from the tsunami is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today. Raised in the Buddhist/Shintoist tradition, Medical Mission Sister Yumiko became a Christian when she was 18 and made her First Vows as a Medical Mission Sister at age 34. Now in mission in Tokyo, she joined in her country’s recent gatherings marking the one-year anniversary of the tsunami that killed over 15,000 people and injured nearly 6,000. The families who lived near the Fukushima nuclear plant have endured a year of great suffering. She explains, “92% of the people in Fukushima still feel themselves at a loss and have no prospects of recovery yet.” The farming families, fisher folk and dairy farmers in this area have lost their means of making a living. They must wait for word from the Tokyo Electric Company or the government. Sister has done relief work with the Association of Japanese Women Religious at a base in Shiogama, where the main task was to assist at an island about half an hour by boat from the mainland. At the base, Sister Yumiko provided hospitality and food to volunteers and other visitors, and helped dig a fishing boat out of deep sand. Sister Yumiko has also accompanied a “Listening with Compassion” group in Iwaki City, about 31 miles from the Fukushima nuclear plant, where a thousand displaced families are living in temporary homes. She visited with the people, listened to their concerns, and offered encouragement. With gratitude for our continued prayers, Sister Yumiko shares the words of a woman who lost her newly married son and parents in the tsunami. “How she wishes she could go back to the days before March 11th. Knowing it is impossible, she said, ‘Embracing the sorrow, we will live. We will move on beyond our tears.’ Yes, life goes on, and the people have the courage to say Yes to life no matter what.”
(April 1, 2012)
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The 120th birthday of our Foundress, Anna Dengel
Medical Mission Sisters and Associates celebrate our Foundress, Anna Dengel, and all she has meant to so many around the world. Anna Dengel was born on March 16, 1892, in Steeg, Austria. The oldest of a family that would grow to nine children, she was one who looked beyond her small mountain village to a world in need. Because her own mother died when she was a young girl, she was especially moved by the unmet health, education and development needs of women, wherever they happened to live, whoever they happened to be. After medical school in Ireland, Anna’s vision and compassion led her to North India in the early 1920s as “the” doctor for thousands who had no care. They then led her to found the Medical Mission Sisters. As a Catholic Community of women from 22 nations, we dedicate our professional talents and our personal lives to a mission of healing presence. We feel especially called to situations of injustice, to areas of disparity, neglect, discrimination, and where little or no value is being shown for the sacredness of all of created life. Anna Dengel wrote, “Thank God for everything, and let us remember in love and gratitude those who went before us with the sign of faith.” We thank God for the gift of her life, and remember the millions of people who have been touched in a healing way because of her vision, faith and fortitude.
(March 15, 2012)
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Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE)
Networking with others against human trafficking is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today. Medical Mission Sister Dagmar Plum is a founding member of RENATE, a group of women religious in Europe who are committed to working together against human trafficking and exploitation. In September, 2011, the group held an international conference in Poland near Krakow. Women religious from 17 European countries attended. Sister Dagmar explains that the conference facilitated contacts “with religious who are already involved in anti-trafficking activities, or with Sisters who are looking for a new and more meaningful mission. There is a great desire, especially among young Eastern European Sisters, to offer services for women in distress that only women can provide as an expression of their solidarity with these women.” In her work with the Jesuit Refugee Service at a detention center near the Polish border, Sister Dagmar regularly meets women and men victims of trafficking, who are detained because they have no documents. In addition to pastoral work and counseling, she initiates or follows up on juridical procedures for the detainees. She also is teaching some of them English, German, and French. For Sister Dagmar, who has been involved in human trafficking for many years, RENATE is a great support. She shares, “Cardinal Dwiesicz, the Archbishop of Krakow, opened the conference. He felt very much honored because RENATE had chosen his country for our first conference. He was full of admiration of the work and courage of the Sisters.” She adds, “Being of one voice, one heart and one passion enables the group to work not only in solidarity, but also to think together strategically. This is the way the mission of RENATE is evolving. We have made a commitment to work not only with the victims, but to study the roots of the problem and to forward the mission of RENATE in light of these insights.” For more information, please visit:
(February 15, 2012)
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Loving You: Sacred Folk Songs by Sister Miriam Therese Winter
Sharing the healing gift of song is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today. The music composed and sung by Sister Miriam Therese (MT) Winter is known around the world. Her first recording in 1966, Joy is Like the Rain, was a Gold Album in the U.S. and Australia, bringing with it worldwide recognition. In 1967, she was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall – the first time ever that an ecumenical version of modern sacred music was performed there. She went on to record many additional albums and author many books, and she toured in Africa, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and North America. Together with the St. Bernadette Institute of Sacred Art (SBI), we are delighted to announce a new, five-CD set of this wonderful music entitled “Loving You.” The first CD is now available. It has 21 original songs by Sister Miriam Therese, sung by performing artists of many traditions. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of “Loving You” help support the global healing ministries of the Medical Mission Sisters. The performing artists who freely shared their gifts of time and talent include: Mack Bailey; Cynthia Clawson; Patti Cohenour; Jahstix Dadson; Robert Edwin; Evelyn Harris; Stephen Hill; Janis Ian; Annie Karto; John McDermott; Melba Moore; The Limeliters – Mack Bailey; Andy Corwin; Gaylan Taylor; Bob Rowe; Seraphim – Christa, Lisa, Theresa Hanson; Kate Haggerty Varley; Elisabeth Von Trapp; and Charlie Zahm. Volume One of “Loving You”–with 21 songs–is available for $14.95, plus $3.00 shipping and handling in the U.S. To order, please send your check to Medical Mission Sisters, “Loving You,” 8400 Pine Road, Philadelphia, PA 19111. For credit card orders or orders outside the U.S., please call 215-742-6100.
(February 1, 2012)
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Meet our Members

Sister Frankie Vaughan
Sister Frankie Vaughan is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and Associates who faithfully live our mission of healing presence today. Born in Baker, Oregon, Sister (Frances) Frankie’s family moved often as she was growing up because her father was in the military. Her first 3 years of high school were in Wiesbaden, Germany. She completed high school at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, D.C., and joined the Medical Mission Sisters at age 18. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from St. Louis University, and a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. From 1972-74, Sister Frankie lived in Rome, Italy, and served our Foundress, Mother Anna Dengel, by being a liaison to her at our 1973 Chapter meeting, and by assisting with her personal papers. In 1978, Sister Frankie was missioned to Ghana. She served for 5 years as Diocesan Health Development Coordinator in Sunyani, and also was our District Superior for West Africa. Sister Frankie Vaughan later studied drawing, watercolor, figure drawing and sculpture. Art became a part of her ministry with poor teenagers and adults, persons with addictions, and those suffering with AIDS. “I simply tried to assist them in the expression of feelings and emotions for which they had no words,” she explains. “When I’m doing art work, I feel really connected and whole. I sense a direct and tangible connection between my inside spirit and the work of my hands. When I do something that brings my insides and my outside together, that’s more wholeness. What any of us aspires to be is so often beyond words…art forms help us to reach where we want to be.” While developing her own artistic talents, Sister Frankie has discovered a number of ways to facilitate creative expression in others, as well. A member of the Association Uniting Art and Religion, she also is a member of our own Liturgy Team. She has taught art and given workshops to a variety of groups, including persons with AIDS, teens and women struggling to overcome addiction, and African American young and older adults at the Southwest Community Enrichment Center in Philadelphia. After six years in Community Leadership in North America, Sister Frankie now focuses a major portion of her energies on “Mission Green,” a 61-bed, low-income, fully accessible, independent living facility, soon to be built at our Philadelphia headquarters. It will serve a need for affordable senior housing for the local community, as well as for our own Sisters.
(December 15, 2012)
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Sister Nigist Biru
Sister Nigist in Attat, Ethiopia, is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and Associates who faithfully live our mission of healing presence today. Born in Ethiopia in 1967, Sister Nigist Biru graduated from nursing school before she entered the Medical Mission Sisters in 2003. She made her First Vows in 2005. After making her vows she began mission in Attat Hospital, in Attat, Ethiopia, working as a ward nurse and in charge of the voluntary counseling and testing for HIV/AIDS. She also has been active in the counseling related to HIV/AIDS therapy. She and other hospital workers registered over 500 people, and were supported and guided by staff at Johns Hopkins University in the U.S. in developing the best line of treatment. Sister Nigist found the key to helping is being fully present to those who come, showing love and sharing their pain and suffering. Sister recently received her official diploma as a Health Officer. She now is working in the Outpatient Department of Attat Hospital and also is overseeing its Nutrition Unit. In the parish, she is involved with young people and a sewing group, whose profits go into an education fund for the youth. A special “accompaniment” of Sister Nigist was her work with Our Lady of Lourdes Young Women’s Self-Help Project. This program empowers young women socially and economically, and equips them with skills to earn their future livelihood. The program also includes health education, so the women learn how to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. In early 2013, Sister Nigist will make her Final Vows as a Medical Mission Sister, an occasion she is anticipating with great joy. Her Profession of Vows for life will bring to 3 the number of our Ethiopian Sisters who have made life commitments to our mission of healing.
(December 1, 2012)
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Sister Bina Stanis
Sister Bina in Kasiadhi, India, is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and Associates who faithfully live our mission of healing presence today. Sister Bina Stanis, originally from Tamil Nadu, was born and raised in Nagpur, Maharashtra, and entered the Medical Mission Sisters in 1985. She completed a Master’s degree in sociology and has mainly been involved with those in need at the grassroots level. She lives in the village of Parez, one of the many villages whose people have been displaced since 1997, and works with the communities in Lonpongtandi, Horomocha, and the struggling farmers of the Karanpura valley. “Displacement is a very complex phenomenon,” says Sisters Bina. She has had a special ministry of justice among the poor people of Jharkhand, India, who have been removed from their tribal homeland by the coal mining industry. In Kasiadhi, Sister is committed to the empowerment of indigenous people. She is involved with the Jharkhand Mine’s Area Coordination Committee, an alliance of communities fighting mining companies, so the people hold onto their property and land rights. In addition to helping the indigenous people struggle to keep their homes, she also helps them to address their health needs. Jharkhand does not have basic health facilities for 80% of the people who live in villages. Sister Bina directs the activities of health centers in Kasiadhi, Horomocha and Lopongtandi, where the villagers built their own center after years of trying to access the government health facilities. Many now experience health and healing for the first time in their lives. “For indigenous peoples all over the world, land is sacred,” says Sister Bina, who celebrates her Silver Jubilee as a Medical Mission Sister on November 10 in Kasiadhi.
(November 1, 2012)
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Associate Recommitments
Medical Mission Sister Associates in North America recommit themselves to carry on our mission of healing presence.
After 15 years of Associate membership, the following Associates made their Commitment for Life:
– Bud Wilkins – Over the years, he provided substance abuse counseling for the homeless and was a team member in prison ministry. Bud volunteers at our Medical Mission Sisters’ Thrift Shop in Fox Chase, Philadelphia. He is a former insurance broker.
– Lee Wilkins – A nurse and counselor, Lee is currently learning with and accompanying her husband, Bud, also an Associate, in their walk with his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. They both are enthusiastic participants in a clinical trial, testing a potential Alzheimer’s medication.
– Cathy Chatelain – Cathy is enrolled in a two-year course in real estate investing and counseling. “Home Solutions” benefits those struggling to sell their home, to avoid mortgage default, or to better their home’s condition to ready it for sale. A former software engineer, Cathy expresses her interest in alternative healing through Matrix Energetics seminars.
– Pauline Bazinet, MD – Pauline was long in service with Medical Mission Sisters in India. Before she retired, she was the Medical Director of the Royal Ottawa Psychiatric Hospital. Pauline now savors time for quiet reading and prayer, as well as the simple joys of hearth and home.
– Anne Morgan – A nurse-anesthetist and hospital administrator, who lived and worked many years with Medical Mission Sisters in India, Anne is now retired. She speaks with fondness of early-times in Mission where each Sister was capable of doing “everything” – a necessity due to slender staffing.
– Rosemary Nagl – Rosemary is a RN, visiting nurse and liturgical drummer. She has suffered with chronic illness for more than a decade. Now, Rosemary identifies “learning to receive care” as one of her disciplines.
– Judy Leiby – Judy worked in corporate information technology for many years and is currently a hospice staff person, certified in therapeutic harp. She is also a certified master gardener through a University of Utah program in low-maintenance, mountain plant species.
– Therese Connolly – A Full-Time Veterans Administration Nurse and Mental Health Case Manager in the Philadelphia area, Therese has a Certification in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola College of Maryland.
–Theresa O’Connor – A nurse with a Masters from Yale University, her current practice in the Delaware Valley is in Holistic Psychotherapy and Professional Coaching. Her current work is Holistic Psychotherapy and Professional Coaching Corporations. Theresa also is involved with eldercare.
–Cass McKee – Cass works with her parish bereavement team and recently attended an event on Ecology and Spirituality at the United Nations in New York City. She was drawn to Medical Mission Sisters though studies with our Sisters in scripture, theology and spirituality. Cass is also a mother to eight, grandmother to 24 and great-grandmother to three.

The following Associates renewed their Commitment for five years:
– Marie Conti – A graduate of the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Marie works in Hospital Risk Assessment and Quality Control in the North Philadelphia Health System. She is a peer counselor in substance abuse and also volunteers with Philadelphia “Red Paws,” an animal rescue subsidiary of the American Red Cross.
– Larysa Kilpatrick – A retired Montessori teacher and school nurse in Abington Township, PA, Larysa is also a volunteer visitor and reader for our MMS elders in residential care. Her spiritual practice includes the discipline of meditation, which she shares with her toddler grandson.
– Camillia Falotico – Camillia has a BS in Business Administration, with a specialty in accounting. With a professional career in the Medical Mission Sisters’ Finance Department, Camillia is the current Director of Finance. Deeply rooted in her large Italian family, Camillia is a sought-after dessert chef.

For more information on our Associate Program, please visit Associate Membership.
(October 15, 2012)
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Sister Dagmar Plum
Sister Dagmar in Berlin, Germany, is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and Associates who faithfully live our mission of healing presence today. Sister Dagmar was born in 1944 and grew up in the Rhineland. She went to school in Monchengladbach and worked for one year as a volunteer in an orthopedic children’s hospital before attending the university where she studied theology, French literature and linguistics. In 1964, she was granted a scholarship and met our Sisters for the first time in Malawi. A few years later she entered the Medical Mission Sisters in Essen. She made her First Vows in 1978 and Final Vows in 1984. She’s worked as a staff person with SOLWODI (Solidarity with Women in Distress) where she was a counselor, case manager and interpreter in Koblenz. In that city, SOLWODI opened its first safe house for victims of trafficking and forced prostitution, of forced marriages and brutal violence carried out by partners and family members. In 2008, Sister Dagmar said, “It is estimated that, worldwide, women prostitutes are being frequented by up to one million men each day.” Of the legalization of prostitution in Germany in 2002, Sister said, “This law inhibits the detection of victims of trafficking and forced prostitution by police, who find it more difficult to differentiate between legal and criminal prostitution.” Sister Dagmar is a founding member of RENATE (Religious in Europe Network against Human Trafficking and Exploitation), a group of women religious in Europe who are committed to working together against human trafficking and exploitation. In her work with the Jesuit Refugee Service at a detention center near the Polish border, Sister Dagmar regularly meets women and men victims of trafficking, who are detained because they have no documents. In addition to pastoral work and counseling, she initiates or follows up on juridical procedures for the detainees. She also is teaching some of them English, German, and French. For Sister Dagmar, who has been involved in work against human trafficking for many years, RENATE is a great support.
(October 1, 2012)
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Sister Katherine Baltazar — an Update
Sister Katherine is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and Associates in 17 nations trying to be present to others today in the spirit of Jesus the Healer. Sister Katherine Baltazar, who recently served as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at a Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Rehab Center outside Philadelphia, this month begins a new full-time mission in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, among people of the Lakota Nation on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Eagle Butte is home to four different bands or sub-tribes of the Lakota: the Black Feet, Two Kettle, Without Bows, and Planters by the Water. Sadly, 47.9% of its people live below the poverty line. Per capita income is only $9,192 for a population of 1,318. Unemployment is high. So, too, is the instance of suicide. “The Indian County Times” has reported that 1 in 5 girls in the area has contemplated suicide; 1 in 10 has attempted it. Sister will be working as a psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Cheyenne River Reservation Hospital and also will be going three days a week to field clinics in the area. A 2008 three-month experience with the Lakota Sioux in Rosebud, South Dakota, made her very aware of the suicide problems, especially among the youth. She is hoping she will be able to make a difference in at least some of their lives. On a recent visit to Eagle Butte, Sister Katherine was greeted by many with the words “We really need you — when will you start?” She is pleased to answer, “Very soon!” For more about Sister Katherine and her life as a Medical Mission Sister, visit: Sister Katherine Baltazar
(September 15, 2012)
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Sister Inge Jansen
Sister Inge in Attat, Ethiopia, is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and Associates who faithfully live our mission of healing presence today. Born in Emmerich, Germany, in 1935, Sister Inge Jansen was 22 years old when she entered the Medical Mission Sisters in England in 1957. At that time, our Community had no formation house in Germany. After her First Profession of Vows, Sister Inge and several others were assigned to start a Medical Mission Sisters’ foundation in Essen, now a little over 50 years ago. After she received her nursing diploma in Germany, in 1968 Sister Inge was assigned to Uganda to assist with preparation for another new mission of our Community, this time in Ethiopia. The country’s many health needs had deeply touched Mother Anna Dengel’s heart and she was pleased when there were both German and Indian Sisters who were able to respond to them. In 1969, Medical Mission Sisters assumed the administration and staffing of Attat Hospital, a rural, 73-bed hospital in the Gurage area of the nation. Since its opening, Sister Inge has been present in many healing ways to hundreds of thousands of women, children and men as a nurse, administrator, and manager of the hospital’s business office. Sister Inge was recently awarded the Cross of the German Government for Distinguished Service for her 42 years of dedicated service to the Ethiopian people. The German Ambassador, Ms. Lieselore Cyrus, presented Sister Inge with this award in August at the German Embassy in Addis Abeba. When receiving this very special honor, Sister shared her personal pleasure in the “many changes and highlights, especially the improvement in the health and educational status of the local population” over the years. Although now retired from active work, she continues to “be there” in Attat, offering support and encouragement to the Ethiopian co-workers who have assumed her previous positions. Attat Hospital also continues to be very actively involved in numerous aspects of health care, health education, disease prevention, provision of safe water and sanitation, and training of local health workers, and is a center for HIV/AIDS voluntary counseling and testing, and a safe haven for high-risk mothers to await the delivery of their babies.
(September 1, 2012)
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Sister Corry Sulistiati Adimarwoto
Sister Corry is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and 80 Associates in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer. Born in East Java, Indonesia, into a non-Catholic Chinese family, Sister Corry was baptized at the age of ten, and attended a Catholic school in Malang. In 1961, she became a naturalized Indonesian citizen. She graduated from pharmacy school and taught for two years before joining our Community in 1969. Sister Corry served at Fatima Hospital in Parepare. In 1974, she attended the East Asian Pastoral Institute in the Philippines and then worked as our Formation Coordinator in Indonesia for nine years. She also served as our District Coordinator in Indonesia. In 1995, Sister Corry was one of four Medical Mission Sisters who started a new community in Semarang. Four years later, she was elected as our Sector Coordinator in East Asia. At the end of her leadership term, Sister Corry moved to Wangon, a small village in Central Java. She says, “I felt very much at home with the village people, and I felt that it was life-giving to me…when I was small, I was a village girl who grew up in a village context. Being in Wangon meant that I was in touch again with my roots.” When Sister Corry was asked to move to the formation house in Semarang, the people from Wangon asked to accompany her as a way of expressing their gratitude. She explains, “They wanted to be involved in sending me out as their missionary. This was so very consoling to me.” Now serving on our formation staff, Sister Corry is also in mission with elderly women in the parish.
(June 1, 2012)
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