Sister Jacinta 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 New Brunswick, Canada, Sister Jacinta graduated from Moncton High School and earned her R.N. at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. She was working in a hospital in Montreal when she learned of our Community. She remembers, “I wanted to go and work as a nurse where they did not have the resources.”
Sister Jacinta was missioned for 13 years to India, where she served as a nurse-midwife and worked with student nurses, primarily at Holy Family Hospital in Mandar. She spent three years as a staff nurse at St. Patrick’s home in Ottawa, where she developed an interest in caring for the elderly. She also cared for our foundress, Mother Anna Dengel, in the last year of her life in Rome.
When Sister returned to North America, she focused her efforts on accompanying older persons. She gave nursing care to our elderly Sisters at our Philadelphia headquarters for 5 years. Then she moved to Florida, where she served in the Senior Companion Program, provided respite to caregivers, and did hospice volunteer work. She lived in St. Petersburg, Holiday, and Tampa, Florida.
She shares,“Mission for me means going to those in need of healing, who have few resources and less power to help themselves…entering the lives of these people, open to be affected by them, and simple enough to give of ourselves.”
Sister Jacinta now lives at our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia, where she serves in our Mission Development Center.
October 15, 2011