Sister Gertrud Dederichs was born in Germany in 1951. She entered our Community in 1975 and made her First Profession of Vows the following year. After studying social work, she was assigned to a parish in Nairobi, Kenya, from 1980 to 1990. Sister Gertrud studied at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago for a year, then returned to East Africa to work in formation. She also became involved in the Medical Mission Sisters’ response to AIDS. Returning to Germany in 1991, she went on to serve as Sector Coordinator for Europe, and then as Assistant Coordinator for our Society from 1996 to 2004. Sister Gertrud now serves as a pastoral minister in a hospital in Bottrop, Germany. She also is involved in justice and peace work and is a member of a local intercultural and inter-religious group. In 2010, she was elected our Community’s District Coordinator of Germany, a position she continues to hold today.