Sister Aquinas Hamilton is a fervent advocate of justice for the poor. After 42 years of mission in India, she began working with the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, traveling to the state capital to successfully promote increasing the state minimum wage. A member of our Justice Co-mission, she says, “Real health is not possible without justice. Justice and health go hand in hand.”
Born in New York City in 1927, Sister Aquinas entered our Community in 1946 and made her Final Vows in 1954. An R.N., Sister was missioned to Holy Family Hospital in Patna in 1953, where she became a registered nurse-midwife and served on the nursing staff. In India, she worked in various hospitals as outpatient supervisor, the supervisor of public health in the villages and as Acting Director of the Nursing School at Holy Family Hospital (HFH) Mandar. After returning to the U.S. to earn B.S.N and M.S.N. degrees, she returned to HFH in New Delhi in 1970 as the Director of the Nursing School for six years. She then taught at the HFH School of Nursing in Mandar until 1995.
More recently, Sister Aquinas expresses her passion for peace and justice by participating with Heeding God’s Call, a multi-faith movement committed to decreasing the flow of handguns from legal gun shops to the illegal market. She has demonstrated at a local gun shop to deter potential buyers. Sister makes phone calls and sends letters to local representatives who may be able to influence gun control and lets the politicians know she is praying for them every day.