November 21, 2019

Call to give Irish nun honourary citizenship of Pakistan

The University of Santa Maria has announced that it will award Sister Berchmans the Benedict Medal next week in recognition of its services for the people of Pakistan.

Sayeeda Warsi, a former British Foreign Minister and visiting professor at St Mary’s University, said the Pakistani government should recognize that Sister Berchmans deserves this for her life-long services in Pakistan.

The Berchman brothers will be delivered at a ceremony at Westminster Cathedral next week.

Sr Berchmans students include Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jahangir, Hina Gilani, Nergis Mavalvala, Sharmeen Obaid, Shireen Mazari, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Tehmina Janjua, Sana Bucha, Nasim Zehra, Atiqa Odho, Jugnu Mohsin and many others.

The medal, which is the highest honor of the University, will be presented to Sister Berchmans by the Archbishop of Westminster and the Chancellor of Cardinal Vincent Nichols of St. Mary during a summer graduation ceremony of St. Mary.

Berchmans was born in Ireland, Country Clare, in 1930 and joined the Convent of Jesus and Mary in 1951 in Willesden, London. The prize is in recognition of almost 70 years of teaching, most of which were spent in Pakistan, where he taught Muslim, Christian, Parsi and Hindu children in the convents of Jesus and Mary in Lahore, Murree and Karachi.

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