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Sister Maria Salema

Sister Maria 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.

The sixth of seven children, Sister Maria grew up in Goa, India. She joined our Community after high school and served at Holy Family Hospital, Mandar. Sister completed her nursing studies in 1986, and studied midwifery at Kurji Holy Family Hospital, Patna, India, where she was a staff nurse for four years.

Sister Maria later moved to Pune, India, where she worked as district secretary, was in charge of the holistic health dietary department, and did vocation work. Her next mission assignment was to Holy Family Hospital, Mandar, where she took care of the dietary department and the farm.

Sister Maria began mission in Venezuela in 2000. She lives in Barquisimeto, where she is involved in coordinating the parish pharmacy. During the past 11 years, she has conducted health camps for hundreds of people, and helped diabetic patients learn to prepare their own healthful, delicious meals.

Together with Sister Therese Cheruvallathu, Sister Maria plans a variety of activities and accompanies different groups in the Barrio 12 de Octubre. They have given workshops on many topics, including: human values, nutrition, relationships within the family, reflexology, and massage.

December 1, 2011