ALL AFRICA REPORT: The Catholic nuns from the congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood are mourning the loss of one of their nuns who will be buried today, November 9, 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya.
CISA learned that, Sr Maria Pacis Voegel died on November 2, 2010 while undergoing treatment at the Mater Hospital in Nairobi where she was admitted on October 20, following a short illness.
As her condition deteriorated she was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where she succumbed in the late evening of her birthday in the presence of the hospital chaplain.
Her requiem mass will be held at the St Austin's Parish at 2pm, followed by burial at St Austin's Cemetery. The mass will be presided over by Fr Eddie Karhof.
Sr Maria Pacis was born on November 2, 1931 in Schwarzenberg (Voralberg) Austria. She made her first profession on December 8, 1959 and her final profession in 1962.
After her studies in Neuenbeken, Germany, London and Rome she was sent to East African Province, Riruta, Kenya in 1973.
She headed the congregation's schools in Kilungu, Kagwe and Riruta. She was the House Superior of the provincial convent in Riruta from 2002 to 2006.
The late nun was then sent to Star of Hope Centre in Juja, where she was in charge of the convent and farm where she fell ill and was hospitalized.
According to a sister who declined to be quoted, "the late nun was a very special person in the sister's congregation."
According to those who knew her well, Education for Life was her motto as she prepared and guided hundreds of students through the Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE).
According to the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood, "Sr Maria Pacis life and vocation was a true gift to our congregation and in a special way to our East African Province. She used her God-given natural potential and talents to the fullest, courageously, accepting challenges and difficulties of whatever nature." http://allafrica.com/stories/201011100592.html