Updated: November 17, 2020 07:46 AM GMT
Guests, nuns, teachers and students inaugurate Berchmans Road in Karachi on Nov. 16. (Photo supplied)
A road in the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi has been named after a Catholic nun to recognize her services to education.
Sister Berchmans Conway was born in Ireland in 1930 and joined the Convent of Jesus and Mary in 1951 in Willesden, London, before moving to Pakistan at the age of 24 to dedicate her life to teaching in the Muslim nation.
In 2012, she was awarded the Sitara-e-Quaid-e-Azam, one of the country’s highest civil awards. The award citation celebrated her “constant adherence to the call of duty over a span of 59 years, which has made Sister Berchmans a living example to emulate.”
In July 2019, Sister Berchmans was decorated with the Benedict Medal by St. Mary’s University, London, at Westminster Cathedral.
She taught in Convent of Jesus and Mary schools in Karachi, Lahore and Murree.
Iftikhar Shallwani, commissioner of Karachi Division, Fazal Dadabhoy, honorary consul general of Ivory Coast, Sister Mary Lagan and other nuns, teachers and students inaugurated Berchmans Road near Clifton, Karachi, on Nov. 16.
They also presented the official documents of Berchmans Road to Sister Lagan and thanked all the nuns for their services to education in Pakistan.
Mariyam Kashif, a Catholic teacher and social activist from Karachi, said Sister Berchmans deserved this honor for her lifetime of service in Pakistan.
“She is really our pride. Her students include former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, opposition leader Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Asma Jahangir and other political and showbiz figures,” Kashif said.
“Her contribution in the field of education is enormous and she will be remembered forever. Sister Berchmans dedicated almost 71 years of her life to Lahore, Murree and Karachi, teaching Muslim, Christian, Parsi and Hindu children.”
Father Mario Rodrigues said the inauguration of Berchmans Road was a recognition of the nun’s service. “She built the characters, taught discipline, humility and encouraged independent thinking,” he said.
….as we enter the last months of 2021, we are asking readers like you to help us keep UCA News free.
For the last 40 years, UCA News has remained the most trusted and independent Catholic news and information service from Asia. Every week, we publish nearly 100 news reports, feature stories, commentaries, podcasts and video broadcasts that are exclusive and in-depth, and developed from a view of the world and the Church through informed Catholic eyes.
Our journalistic standards are as high as any in the quality press; our focus is particularly on a fast-growing part of the world - Asia - where, in some countries the Church is growing faster than pastoral resources can respond to – South Korea, Vietnam and India to name just three.
And UCA News has the advantage of having in its ranks local reporters who cover 23 countries in south, southeast, and east Asia. We report the stories of local people and their experiences in a way that Western news outlets simply don’t have the resources to reach. And we report on the emerging life of new Churches in old lands where being a Catholic can at times be very dangerous.
With dwindling support from funding partners in Europe and the USA, we need to call on the support of those who benefit from our work.