Sister Patricia Maria Speight is a native of Belfast who has dedicated her life to serving excluded and marginalised people in Kenya and Zimbabwe. A religious sister of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, Sister Patricia has lived out her vocation as a missionary ministering to the poorest of the poor for more than four decades. Her work among the abandoned, the marginalised, the rejected, those stigmatised by the HIV/Aids pandemic, and so many others suffering from illness, hunger and poverty is inspirational indeed, and challenges all who espouse the Gospel message and Christ’s teachings to compassionate action.
Sister Patricia heard the cry of the poor and listened. She looked at the dire conditions in which so many are condemned to live and saw. She opened herself to the Spirit and responded. This book is a most timely and valuable work that tells the quite remarkable story of Sister Patricia Speight and shows how the Gospel message is lived out in the world today. The reader cannot fail to be moved and inspired by the courage, passion and example of this missionary sister from Ireland who left the comfort and safety of her own home to bring love and hope to God’s children in need.
Dr Aidan Donaldson is a former lecturer in the Department of Scholastic Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast and at St Malachy’s Junior Seminary. He currently works as Educational Consultant to the Catholic Schools Support Service for the Diocese of Down and Connor and is a noted author who has published numerous books and articles on a wide range of subjects including philosophy, education and theology, as well as the Church’s work in the missions – at home and abroad.