Sister Maria Goetzens was born in 1959 in the western part of Germany. During her medical studies, she worked among marginalized people at the Medical Mission Sisters’ hospital in Bongao, the Philippines. After this experience, she entered our Community in 1983 in her homeland. Sister Maria’s ministry as a doctor has included care for AIDS patients, for those who are terminally ill and for persons who are homeless. Under her management, the Elisabeth-Strassenambulanz has become a comprehensive health care service for homeless people in Frankfurt. Because of this and her other tireless work to improve the health care system in her country and community, in 2009 Sister Maria was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit—the highest award Germany gives to non-politicians. Sister has served in Community leadership since 2001, first as District Coordinator of Germany and currently as Sector Coordinator of Europe.