Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard

Sr. Donna Conlin

for her service at
Blessed Gérard's Care Centre and Hospice
in Mandeni / Zululand / South Africa.

Sr. Donna comes from the United States of America and belongs to St. John Neumann Parish in Canton, Archdiocese of Detroit. She is a registered nurse and it was always her wish to be able to go to the mission and serve the needy there. She made a web search in the Internet looking for homepages containing the phrases "Mission", "Nurse" and "Volunteer" and found us! Registered nurses are called a "nursing sister" in South Africa and therefore referred to as "Sister", i.e. when we call her "Sr. Donna" this does not mean that she would have joined a convent and became a nun. She is happily married to her husband Bob. We send him our special regards and thank him for allowing his wife to come to us and help us.

We are very blessed that she came to us to volunteer her nursing skills and her wonderful personality helping us in our work for a whole month.

Sr. Donna and her godchild Nophiwe, who was baptised and confirmed on 15 November 2001, received First Holy Communion on 16 November 2001 and died on 17 November 2001.

Thanks to Sr. Donna's care Khanyisile's leg is healing nicely.

Phumelephi impoved so well, that she could be discharged home. Her family brought her to a traditional "healer" then. She had to be re-admitted shortly after and died two days later.

Ntombizodwa a few days before she died on 6 November 2001

Sr. Donna in one of the wards of Blessed Gérard's Children's Home

Blessed Gérard's Hospice is the hospice at the hotspot of the AIDS pandemic in South Africa where 88% of tested people are HIV-positive! Blessed Gérard's Care Centre and Hospice is one out of twelve charitable projects, which the Brotherhood of Blessed Gérard, the Relief Organisation of the Order of Malta in South Africa, runs there.

Sr. Donna left us on World AIDS day ( 1 December 2001 ) and we are full of gratitude and praise for the wonderful service which she rendered to our patients.

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