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Celebrating 200 Years in Mission

The four Medical Mission Sisters from North America who are celebrating Golden Jubilees in 2010 represent a combined 200 years in mission.

On June 13th, we are honoring four Medical Mission Sisters from North America who are marking the 50th anniversary of their First Profession of Vows in 2010. Please join us in congratulations, prayers, and thanks. A Mass and reception is being held at our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia in recognition of these Sisters’ service:

Sister Therese Hayes, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, served in Ghana as an administrative assistant in hospitals and religious organizations in the towns of Berekum, Techiman, and Kumasi. After returning to Philadelphia in 1972, she got involved in prison volunteer work and other human services, including caring for the children of working mothers. In 1976, she became Prison Chaplain and Counselor for Philadelphia County prisons. Twelve years later, she joined ActionAIDS as an “AIDS Buddy,” a ministry she continues today.

Sister-Doctor Miriam Paul (Hanna) Klaus was born in Vienna, Austria, and raised in the U.S. An obstetrician/gynecologist, she served at Holy Family Hospitals in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and Dhaka, which is now the capital of Bangladesh. She taught at St. Louis University and George Washington University, and was Ob/Gyn Director for three years at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. For the past 30 years, Sister has been Executive Director of the Natural Family Planning Center in Washington, D.C., and of the international TeenStar (Sexuality Teaching in the Context of Adult Responsibility) education program, which she developed.

Sister Marguerite Papineau, from Holyoke, Massachusetts, is celebrating 50 years of vowed life, 20 as a Medical Mission Sister. As a Daughter of Charity, Sister taught high school in the U.S. and Iran. She also served in Beirut, Lebanon. After receiving her nursing degree and joining our Community, Sister Marguerite was a nurse and teacher in Mirpurkhas, Pakistan. When she returned to the U.S., she coordinated our Samaritan Lay Missioners Program, became very active with our Associates program, and was a volunteer teacher in an impoverished area of Philadelphia. Certified as a chaplain, she was a holistic health practitioner for many years. She currently serves as our Membership Promotion Coordinator.

Sister Sylvia Strahler, a nurse-midwife, will celebrate her jubilee in Faisalabad, Pakistan. A native of Suffield, Ohio, she has spent almost all of her missionary life in Pakistan. She was a nurse and ward supervisor for many years at Holy Family Hospitals in Rawalpindi and Karachi. In Mirpurkhas, she served as a nurse and taught midwifery, facilitated maternal and child welfare programs, and trained local dhais (lay midwives) in health care. She has been in Faisalabad for 21 years, directing a community health project and serving as our District Coordinator in Pakistan.

June 1, 2010