“Vocation is a mystery. I heard about Maryknoll Sisters and decided to follow Christ through them, for their work in mission inspired me.”
A nurse who served the people of Tanzania for 38 years, New Orleans, LA, born Sister Nuncia St. Pierre attended St. Joseph’s High School, Baton Rouge, from which she graduated in 1946. She entered Maryknoll Sisters from St. Agnes Parish, Baton Rouge, several months later.
Sister Nuncia was given the religious name Sister Paul Christopher, made her First Vows in 1949, then went to Seattle, where she studied and received her B.S. in Nursing Education from Providence Hospital School of Nursing in 1953, one year following profession of her Final Vows, also in Seattle.
In 1954, Sister Nuncia went to Tanzania, where she worked at a dispensary and did home visitation in the village of Nygeina, Musoma, until 1959. Next, she served in Rosana, Tarime, as a nurse in a local dispensary, as part of a pre-natal and well baby program, and taught religion in a local primary school, from 1959-1973.
Sister Nuncia then returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center where she worked for a year as a nurse for Bethany House, the residence for elderly and infirm Maryknoll Sisters in Ossining, NY, and for the congregation’s infirmary. In 1976, she returned to Tanzania, where she again worked in a dispensary and for a maternal/child heal program, this time in Mwanapalala, until 1979. Then, from 1981-1985, she did parish work and was involved with Basic Christian Communities in Chanjale Parish, the Diocese of Same, where she also taught sewing. From 1986-1996, she worked at the Makoko Family Center near Musoma, where she served patients in its health clinic.
Sister Nuncia returned to the United States in 1996, residing first at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, then at the Maryknoll Sister Convent in Monrovia, CA, from 1997 until 2011. She has resided at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY, since 2011 where she is an active member of its Chi Rho Community.