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Sister Magda van Hoyweghen

Sister-Doctor Magda is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

Sister Magda and her twin sister were born in Temse, Belgium. They grew up with four other siblings, and she and two of her sisters went to boarding school for secondary school. After graduation, she joined our Community in Imstenrade, The Netherlands, in 1953.

After earning her medical degree from the state university in Utrecht, Sister Magda did a one-year surgical internship at Mater Misericordiae Hospital in Philadelphia. She then completed a four-year surgical residency at St. Clare’s Hospital in New York.

In 1972, Sister Magda began 25 years of service as a missionary doctor in Africa. In Tanzania, she was a general surgeon in the referral government hospital in Mwanza for four years. This was followed by a year in Juba, Southern Sudan, and four months in Serabu, Sierra Leone.

Sister Magda and two of our other Sisters began a new involvement in Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, in 1979. She served there as a general surgeon until 1992. While in Malawi, she was a board member of several church hospitals. She also became involved in the support and care of persons with AIDS.

Sister Magda was elected to a six-year term as our Sector Africa Coordinator in 1992. At that time, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya.

In 1998, Sister Magda returned to Antwerp, Belgium, and earned a Master’s Degree in Bio-Ethics. Today she contributes her knowledge and international experience to a number of European organizations, and within our Community.

November 1, 2010