Jane 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.
A native of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, Jane became a registered nurse at the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing, then earned her Bachelor’s Degree at McGill University in Montreal. From 1973 to 1979, she worked as a nurse in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Jane shares, “In Sierra Leone, I was a public health nurse on a mobile river clinic, bringing medical care to a number of remote villages in the north of the country. In Kabul, I was the recovery room and intensive care unit supervisor/tutor in a large general hospital. In both jobs I learned more than I taught, and received more than I could possibly have ever given.”
After marrying her husband, Larry, and having two daughters, Jane decided to become an elementary school teacher. She did that work for 19 years in several international schools, in Jakarta, Indonesia; Kinshasa, Zaire; Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; and Surabaya, Indonesia.
One summer while back in North America, Jane picked up a copy of “The Singer and the Song,” by Sister Miriam Therese Winter. She felt a strong connection with the healing charism of our Community, and our work for peace and justice throughout the world. In 2004-2005, she participated in Sister Miriam Therese’s Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary.
Jane has also worked with Sister Lucy Klein-Gebbinck on a number of projects in the very poor city of Camden, New Jersey. “I have been so blessed to have spent periods of time with the Medical Mission Sisters’ Camden community on a number of occasions. These are relationships I treasure,” Jane says.
Since retiring from teaching in 2006, Jane divides her time between Surabaya, Indonesia, and the U.S. She is taking courses toward her Master’s Degree at Hartford Seminary, and says, “As I have lived so far away for so long, I am very aware that this time of study and friendship with Medical Mission Sisters is very special, and one that I will always cherish.”
Jane adds, “The promise that I made in 2005 and continue to make each day, to live ‘as a healing presence at the heart of a wounded world,’ grounds me in the here and now and connects me to a world without boundaries…I am so blessed and privileged to be part of this sacred endeavor!”
April 15, 2011