Sister Christi in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and Associates who faithfully live our mission of healing presence today.
Chicago native Sister Christi Kancewick, who made her First Vows on June 10, 2012 in Philadelphia, is one of our newest Medical Mission Sisters in North America. She graduated from Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in 1974, then went to Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and received her B.S in Physical Therapy in 1978. Her work as a physical therapist included long-term rehabilitation, pediatric care with children in schools, and special therapy with cancer patients.
A member of St. Irene Parish in Warrenville, Illinois, Sister Christi always had an interest in religious life and mission. She felt a calling to the Medical Mission Sisters because she could “help without being heroic and through just being who I am.” Sister received her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in 1983. She also studied Spiritual Direction at the Claret Center in Hyde Park, Chicago
Before entering the Medical Mission Sisters, Sister Christi was the Director of Adult Faith Formation at SS Peter and Paul Parish, in Naperville, IL. She became a candidate/novice of the Medical Mission Sisters in March, 2010. Her ministry includes participation in the RCIA program (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) and the Alternatives to Violence Project. She also supports the efforts of Covenant House, a safe refuge for runaway teens.
A new venture for Sister Christi is living and working among people in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia, exploring life issues with teens and young adults. She says, “Healing mission for me comes from my relationship with God. It is about significant relationships with everyone who crosses our path, and having inclusive relationships in ‘every day ways’.”
In September, 2012, she was appointed Membership Promotion Coordinator of the Medical Mission Sisters in North America.
November 15, 2012