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