Sister Inge 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 Emmerich, Germany, Sister Inge entered our Community in 1957 and had her formation studies in England. After making her First Vows, she returned to Germany and helped establish a foundation there for women interested in our Community. She was then missioned to our Generalate, at that time in Rome, where she assisted with hospitality.
After earning her nursing diploma in 1968, Sister Inge joined our other Sisters in Uganda who were preparing for mission in Ethiopia. She began working at Attat Hospital, which had just opened. Sister Inge recalls, “The miracle of healing happened from the very beginning.”
Over the next 40 years, Sister Inge served in the wards, the outpatient department, the financial office, and wherever else was needed. She explains, “For me, this mission was and is a lifelong commitment. Especially during difficult periods, the people around us counted on us. They promised all the support they could give, and together, we hoped for better times. Even when there was no medicine available, our presence was important.”
In early 2009, at the 40th anniversary celebration for Attat Hospital, Sister Inge received the “Pro Pontificae et Ecclesae” Medal during a Mass presided over by Bishop Abuna Musie. Although now officially retired, she mentors her younger coworkers at Attat Hospital, and cares for the many visitors and interested young women who want to know more about our Community.
“I love to live and would be happy to live until I die in my adopted country, among my beloved people of Ethiopia,” Sister Inge shares. “I imagine we are bringing a little sunshine, and the rays, through God’s miracle, are daily continuing to touch the now over a million people, mostly still living simply in mud or grass houses, in our catchment area. What an honor it is for us to be in mission here!”
April 1, 2011