Celebrating Two Jubilees in Ghana

At a festive celebration in Sunyani, Ghana, two Medical Mission Sisters are honored for a combined 85 years in mission.

In Sunyani, Ghana, Sister-Doctor Fernande Pelletier recently celebrated her Diamond Jubilee and Sister Ursula Preusser her Silver Jubilee at a wonderful Mass at the parish in Fiapre, followed by lunch in the Sisters’ garden.

Sister Fernande, a native of Maine and graduate of Trinity College and Georgetown University Medical School in Washington, D.C., has served for 50 years in Africa. Of that time, 48 years have been at Holy Family Hospital in Berekum, Ghana, where she continues today. A naturalized Ghanaian citizen, she received a Papal Award from the Apostolic Nuncio to Ghana in 2007 for her lifetime of service to the sick and poor. She also has been awarded the Grand Medal of the Ghanaian government, and the Ghana Medical Association’s Fellowship Award. She has been a member of the National Ethics Commission for many years.

Sister Ursula, a native of Germany and our District Coordinator in West Africa, joined our Community in 1986, after her nursing training. In 1991, she began mission in Berekum, Ghana – first as a nurse, and then as a clinical instructor and teaching assistant at the Nurses Training College. In 2003 she moved to Sunyani, where she worked at the Don Bosco Boys Home as a nurse for seven years. Last year she began an involvement in sex education and counseling of youth in Fiapre, where the Catholic University College of Ghana is located.

Bishop Matthew K. Gyamfi, the Bishop of Sunyani, and Monsignor Kwame, the parish priest and Vicar General, concelebrated the Mass, which was attended by many friends and fellow religious. The university choir added beautiful music. Sister Ursula says,“It was really a celebration of gratitude: to God for having led us this far, and to our sisters, friends, aspirants and helpers, for being part of our lives and making the day so beautiful.”

December 15, 2011