Sister Mirjam 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 second of six children, Sister Mirjam was born and raised in the Netherlands, and studied nursing before entering our Community in 1963. Her first mission assignment was to Welkom, South Africa, where she studied midwifery in Cape Town. In 1971, she went to Siteki, Swaziland, where she worked as a nursing tutor.
From 1980 to 1983, Sister Mirjam lived in Nairobi, Kenya, and served as our Assistant Coordinator in Sector Africa. She also worked part-time with the Jesuits at the Mwangaza Retreat Center.
After her term was completed, Sister Mirjam studied Spirituality at the Institute of Spiritual Leadership in Chicago, Illinois. She then returned to the Netherlands and served in the District Assembly and in formation, and gave the first Enneagram workshops in her country. She gave spiritual guidance to individuals and groups.
Sister Mirjam now lives in Utrecht in the Netherlands. She guides students, pastors and ministers in their study and practice of spiritual direction. She also works as a volunteer in a local home for the elderly, where she conducts a reminiscence program with people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.
June 1, 2011