CHRISTUS St. Michael welcomed Sister Madeleva Manzanares to our Spiritual Care Staff on Oct. 31, 2016. Sister Madeleva will help address the spiritual care needs of our patients, and her fluent Spanish will be valuable as she works with our Hispanic patients.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sister Madeleva entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word-Houston in 1965. She graduated with her B.S. in Nursing in 1975 from Sacred Heart Dominican College in Houston, Texas, and completed a one-year internship in nursing at St. Francis Hospital, Tulsa, Ok, afterward.
Before being missioned to Hospital Nacional in Guatemala, Central America in 1979, Sister Madeleva served as a pediatric services supervisor at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, TX. She worked in emergency nursing and outpatient clinics for Hospital Nacional until 1984, at which time the Sisters of Charity Congregation asked her to take over the administration of a nursing home in Esquipulas.
Following her nursing home service, Sister Madeleva was tasked with reopening and establishing a parish clinic, where she also worked as a registered nurse. She then assumed responsibility for a medical diocesan program to provide education for health promoters who helped address the health needs of people in the community and villages in Huehuetenango.
Next, Sister Madeleva served as the director of a home for abandoned people of all ages, including children with mental and physical challenges as well as elderly poor people who had been barely surviving while living in the streets of Huehuetenango.
The last five years before returning to the United States, she directed a spirituality center in Santiago, Sacatepéquez, which offered area residents the opportunity for personal development, solitude, prayer, and reflection.
Excited to join us in our health care ministry at CHRISTUS St. Michael, Sister Madeleva admits she is experiencing somewhat of a culture shock after spending so many years of service in Central America. But as always, she will continue to strive to be present to anyone who needs her help and do as much as she can to relieve pain and suffering.
“I want to spread as much love, compassion and mercy as possible to all with whom I come in contact just as Jesus did,” she said. “Jesus is here for everyone, and He needs our hands on earth to provide care to those in need.”