Sister Helen Lembeck

Sister Helen is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Sister Helen graduated from Visitation Academy before joining our Community. She then earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

From 1969 to 1974, Sister Helen ministered in Fort Portal, Uganda, as Secretary of Virika Hospital and Treasurer of District East Africa. She returned to our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia for several years, serving as Treasurer of our Eastern District, and working in a private accounting firm.

Sister Helen went back to Africa in 1980. In Malawi, she was Business Administrator at Montfort Hospital for 7 years, and at Phalombe Hospital for 3 years. She also served as our Sector Treasurer in Africa, and as a member of our Central Finance Team.

After repatriating to the U.S. in the 1990s, Sister Helen moved to California. She has been Treasurer of the Western District, and active with our Assembly of North America, either as an elected member or as a participant-observer.

In 1995, Sister Helen earned her M.B.A. in Global Management from the University of Phoenix. She currently serves as our Treasurer in North America. She shares, “What makes my job easier for sure is the fact that we have wonderful donors and benefactors who have supported our ministry and are co-missionaries with us around the world. Thanks to their faithful support, we are tasked with looking for the best stewardship of the gifts God and they have given; to use them wisely now and have sufficient for the future.”

Sister Helen has also been on our global General Finance Team for 14 years. “This is a wonderful opportunity to learn how other areas of our Society are faring financially, and to contribute to or participate in our Generalate responsibility for overall care for our members, ministries and healing charism.”

January 15, 2010