Sister Nina Fritsch

Sister Nina is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and 80 Associates in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Sister Nina graduated from Providence Hospital School of Nursing and worked as a pediatric nurse before she joined our Community. Her first overseas assignment was to Maracaibo, Venezuela. She says, “I could not have imagined that this would be the beginning of my long, varied, challenging and most rewarding life in Latin America. I would live in modern hospitals and barrios in the city, mud houses, straw mat shacks, half-constructed homes, small villages, remote rural areas, in the rain forest and mountains, and on the seacoast.”

Sister Nina served in nursing and leadership positions in hospitals in Caripito, Judibana and Maracaibo, where she also helped to set up a public health outreach program. In 1973, she began four years of mission in Bolivia, where she directed four health centers and a nursing school that trained students for rural health care, and worked with nursing students in a government hospital.

After returning to Venezuela for two years as a pastoral worker and nursing consultant, Sister Nina served in Nicaragua for three years. She then moved to our global headquarters in London to assist with our Archives. In 1986, she moved to Peru, where she was involved in a variety of pastoral ministries, taught Bible classes, and worked with women’s groups and in the community kitchens.

When she returned to Philadelphia, Sister began serving as a healing presence among women in prison and in recovery from drug addiction. She is involved with justice work, and with the Church Ministry Institute of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Sister Nina reflects, “My life has been very full and continues to be so. Each step has been clearly the right step to take and in taking the step, things fall into the right place…this life has stretched me, fulfilled my dreams, and continues to fill me with joy and gratitude.”

May 15, 2012