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Odisha Christians mourn death of Filipino missioner

Holy Spirit Sister Bernadisa Inocencia Pacis came to India in 1961 and spent 55 years serving the poor, mostly in Odisha.

Sister Bernadisa (2nd from right) with fellow SSpS Sister and their helper in their apartment.

Missionaries in India are mourning the death of a Filipino nun who spent 55-years educating and serving people in the villages of eastern Odisha state.

Holy Spirit Sister Bernadisa Inocencia Pacis died on Oct. 28 in a hospital in the state capital Bhubaneswar. She was 91.

Divine Word Archbishop John Barwa of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar said she lived an exemplary life.

"Leaving her country and dedicating her life totally for the service of the poorest of the poor, marginalized and oppressed in India, she was an example to everyone," he told

The nun spent most of her time in Jharsuguda district of Odisha, helping the Divine Word missionaries there.

Her congregation, the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, and Divine Word are connected by both having St. Arnold Janssen as their founder.

Sister Pacis joined the congregation in Quezon City in May 1947 and took her first vows in 1950. She came to India in 1961, armed with a Masters in Psychology and Home Science.

"We remember her beginnings, marked by simplicity, yet filled with a spirit of joyful sacrifice, and a passion for mission, ever conscious that she was sent in the name of the God," said Sister Rezina George, provincial of the congregation's Jharsuguda province.

Source: UCAN

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