I felt called to be a missionary. In 1978 I went to Kenya and spent the next 30 years in Africa. In Kisumu, I helped form small Christian Communities facilitating Christian education. During my time there, I trained communities in how to assist people living with AIDS. In the 1990’s, I went to a refugee camp where I worked with the “Lost Boys of Sudan.”
My calling to help people did not stop with my work in Africa. I worked in Sacramento, California as Outreach Director for Clara’s House, a no-cost medical clinic that serves the homeless and uninsured. After leaving Sacramento, I served in Zimbabwe for six months.
Since 2014, I have been serving as a Chaplain at the Los Angeles County Women’s Jail in Lynwood, California. It is important to help women continue to develop their spiritual lives while imprisoned.
Sister Mary Ellen Howard, SNDdeN