Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Pictured: Retired San Francisco nurse and Pastor team up for health care in Nigerian village

A retired Catholic nurse and a Nigerian pastor are teaming up to improve basic health care services in the priest’s rural diocese where people suffer because of a lack of quality, accessible care and basic health education.

Angela Testani of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in San Francisco returned from an April trip to the Diocese of Abakaliki, Nigeria, to visit Father Edward Inyanwachi, pastor of St. Patrick Parish.

Father Inyanwachi is well-known in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, having served at a number of local parishes for more than a decade while he pursued his doctorate in Catholic educational leadership at the University of San Francisco. He returned to his native diocese in 2013 to take leadership of a newly formed parish.

“Father Ed,” as Testani calls him, is now the pastor of a rural parish in Ebonyi state in southeast Nigeria that includes St. Patrick Parish and two mission churches.

During her visit Testani met with a Catholic women’s group and listened to their concerns and questions. She also talked to them about health from the perspective of body, mind and soul.

She talked to the women about stress, nutrition and rest and learned that no one had ever told them about basic self-care.