Sister Lucy is one of 650 Medical Mission Sisters in 19 nations trying to be present to those in need in the spirit of Jesus the healer.
Sister Lucy is originally from Canada. She earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Alberta, with a focus on Special Ed.
In addition to working as a teacher in Alberta, Sister Lucy taught English in Katsina, Nigeria for 2 years, and in the Marist Brothers’ High School in Pago Pago, Samoa for 3 years. She worked for Volunteer International Christian Service (VICS) in Alberta from 1983 to 1988 before entering the Medical Mission Sisters in Philadelphia at the age of 37.
“I came to Medical Mission Sisters because I believe that within this circle, I can grow and connect with larger circles of life,” she says. “The Medical Mission Sisters’ charism of ‘healing presence’ offers a way to be a participant in the healing process.”
Sister Lucy’s current ministry is in the area of holistic health. She became a certified massage therapist, and worked as a health education and wellness coordinator for 3 years in St. Petersburg, Florida. In 1999, she founded the Camden Wellness Program in Camden, N.J. — one of the poorest cities in the North America. That program has grown from 1 to 5 sites, providing health and education services that clients could not normally afford.
“In my heart is a passion for justice for all of life,” she says. “All of life is to be respected, reverenced, and celebrated.”