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Sister Gaudencia Nafula Wanyonyi

Sister Gaudencia 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 a small village in Kenya, Sister Gaudencia is the second of eight children. A nurse-midwife, she made her first vows in 1990 in Malawi, where she completed her formation as a Medical Mission Sister. She has served in Nangina Hospital, Kenya, and in Techiman Hospital, Ghana.

As a young nurse, Sister Gaudencia reflected, “Mission means being an active presence of Christ the Healer to those the Lord has put in my way, mostly those who suffer…it means being compassionate and kind, and showing that you really care.”

In 2006, Sister Gaudencia began working in Angíya, Homa Bay Diocese, as one of the pioneers of a new mission in Kenya. Located near Lake Victoria, Homa Bay used to be a busy port, but the shoreline became hemmed in, reducing the income of the local families.

Sister Gaudencia has been working as a coordinator of the Primary Health Care Program at the Good Shepherd Ang’iya Dispensary. Of the 350,000 people in the clinic’s service area, 54% live below the poverty line. Sister Gaudencia and the staff care for mothers and newborn infants, for patients suffering from illness, and for people with HIV/AIDS. They also offer preventive care, such as immunizations.

Community training is another component of the Primary Health Care Program, with workers visiting people who live in remote areas and accompanying those who need specialized care when they go to the hospital.

In January, 2011, Sister was elected District Coordinator for East Africa for a term of three years.

November 1, 2011