Sister Carol Reed recently celebrated 25 years as a Medical Mission Sister in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she has been in mission since 2002. She describes her Silver Jubilee celebration there as a very joyful day of poetry, singing and dancing.
Born in 1946 in Massachusetts, Sister Carol has her BA in American Studies from Smith College, a certificate in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama, and a Master’s degree in teaching English as a Second Language from the School of International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont. She entered the Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) in 1988, made First Vows in 1991 and Final Profession of Vows in 1998.
Teaching Spanish literacy to indigenous Triqui women in Oaxaca, Mexico, for two years, was Sister Carol’s first mission. She then moved to San Diego, California, where she taught English as a Second Language at the American Language Institute for International Students. Sister also served as vocation promoter in our Western District and spent some time in prison ministry.
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, is Sister Carol’s current home; she teaches English in Cathedral High School, produces textbooks for grades one-to-four and supervises the English teachers. Sister greatly enjoys teaching English and writing to the seminarians at St. Francis Seminary, the major seminary for the country. She also teaches academic writing to second-year philosophy students. Sister Carol is the first contact person for women interested in MMS in Ethiopia, and is active in vocation promotion activities. She shares, “I try to approach others with non-judgmental compassion and be the healing presence of Christ in whatever way that is possible.”