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Irish Nun Gets Prestigious Award For Her Lifetime Of Services In Pakistan

LONDON: Former British Cabinet Minister Sayeeda Warsi called for the government of Pakistan to recognise the services of Sister Berchmans Conway. Warsi called on the government to honour Berchmans as an honourary Pakistani citizen.

St Mary’s University has announced to award Sister Berchmans Conway the Benedict Medal next week for her services rendered for the people of Pakistan.

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Warsi, a visiting faculty at St Mary’s University called for recognition of Sister Berchmans. Berchmans will be awarded at a ceremony in Westminster Cathedral next week.

Berchmans’s students include Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jahangir, Hina Jilani, Nergis Mavalvala, Sharmeen Obaid, Shireen Mazari, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Tehmina Janjua, Sana Bucha, Nasim Zehra, Atiqa Odho, Jugnu Mohsin, and many others at the Convent of Jesus and Marry.

According to The News, Warsi said, “Sr Berchmans dedicated 70 years of her life to teaching and spent most of her time in service of Pakistan. She taught Muslim, Christian, Parsi, and Hindu children at the Convents of Jesus and Mary in Lahore, Murree, and Karachi to promote education, empowerment, and interfaith harmony. She deserves recognition at all levels.”

Warsi added: “I had the privilege of visiting Sr Berchmans in Karachi and I saw first-hand how her work and presence has created a lifetime of interfaith understanding. Like her students, colleagues, and peers I am delighted that Sr Berchmans is receiving the Benedict Medal from St Mary’s University as part of their summer graduation ceremony at Westminster Cathedral. It will be a fitting occasion for someone, who has given their life to education and to helping young people achieve their dreams.”

Sister Berchmans was awarded the Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam, one of the highest civil awards given by the President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 2012. The award celebrated her “constant adherence to the call of duty over a span of 59 years, which made Sister Berchmans a living example to emulate.


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