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Remembering Sister Regina Wachowski

Sister Regina (Evelyn) Wachowski: October 1, 1928-December 6, 2015

(Right) Sao Dorotea Sisters' tomb in Brazil where Sister Regina was buried. Padre Luis Fernandes, pastor, prays the final blessing.

Sister Regina entered the SSJ-TOSF congregation in August 1947 and, following a brief period as an elementary teacher at St. Roman and St. Mary of Perpetual Help schools in Chicago, began studying for her lifetime ministry in healthcare. She served as both a nurse aide and medical technologist at Sacred Heart Hospital in Loup City, Nebraska and medical administrator at St. Joseph Hospital of the Plains in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado. Following additional study, Sister Regina embarked on a 44-year ministry in Brazil. She served from 1971-1994 as a medical missionary in the Esperan?a Project, initially traveling the Amazon River on the hospital ship. Later, after helping to transition the project to others, she served in the jungle hospital further up the river in Santarem-Para, Brazil. Her training as an OR nurse, hospital administrator, and medical technologist, in addition to her dedication and love for the people, served her well. During her ministry in Brazil, Sister Regina served in the Prelacy of Itacoatiara Amazonas as a pastoral worker in the health field, executive secretary for the service for marginalized women in Sao Paolo, and briefly working with prostitutes. From 2001 until 2015 she served as a pastoral care worker in Manaus, Brazil.

On Sunday, December 6, Sister Regina, at the age of 87, entered eternal rest. As is the custom in Brazil, she was waked on Monday, December 7, in the Parish of Sao Vicente de Paulo (St. Vincent de Paul), one of the seven chapels in which she ministered. Sister Regina was buried with the Sisters of Sao Dorotea (Saint Dorothy) who generously offered a sacred resting place for her in the country which she called "home" for well over 44 years. The following Sunday, on December 13, a Memorial Mass was celebrated in honor of Sister Regina.

Click here to read an article about Sister Regina from the Archdiocesan Newspaper of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil.

In the United States, a Memorial Mass and Fiesta is planned for Sister Regina on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Clare Oaks, 827 Carillon Drive, Bartlett, Illinois 60103. The Liturgy will be celebrated at 11:00 AM in the Sacred Heart Chapel at Clare Oaks. The Fiesta will take place in the multi-purpose room following the Mass.

The SSJ-TOSF are grateful to Sister Josephine Espinos for being with Sister Regina during her last weeks in Brazil. She represented all of us, since we were not able to be present for the funeral and burial. Thank you for being there, Sister Josephine!

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