Sisters serve Marian Home

The Marian Home has unique group of caregivers working among its nursing staff.

Three Catholic nuns, Sister Vijaya Bojja, Sister Punnamma Nimmagadda and Sister Sujatha Mandanu of the Holy Spirit Sisters from Hyderabad, India, have been working at the home as certified nursing assistants.

Bojja has been in Fort Dodge for three years, while Nimmagadda and Mandanu have been serving for about one year.

“We had the opportunity to come work in the United States,” said Bojja. “Our community is a missionary community; we go to different parts of the world to serve. Some of us are nurses, teachers, social workers, counselors.”

“We work in many different countries,” said Nimmagadda. “We are part of an international congregation.”

Bojja served five years as a teacher in the Kuemper Catholic Schools in Carroll prior to her arrival in Fort Dodge. Nimmagadda and Mandanu are both on their first assignment and knew they would be serving in a nursing home in Fort Dodge before their arrival.

The three sisters live together in the former rectory of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Moorland. When they are not working at the Marian Home, they serve the OLGC parish providing music for Masses, giving communion and helping with various functions within the Holy Trinity Parish.

Bojja said that while the Indian and American cultures are very different, the ways of caring are similar.

“It is a very different culture here, but in India we also have old age homes that are very similar to those here,” she said.

Eventually, each may be given a new call to a new location, but they are presently enjoying their time in Fort Dodge.

“The people are very nice,” said Bojja. “You meet so many people while you are caring for people in nursing homes.”

“We really didn’t know anything at first,” said Nimmagadda. “But we have found that the people here are all very good people. It has been a great opportunity to be able to work in this nursing home.”

Madanu agrees.

“The people here are all very good,” she said.

The Holy Spirit sisters have more than 30 nuns and four priests serving within the Sioux City Diocese, along with seven serving in Portland, Ore.; three in Florida, and five in Pennsylvania.

“We are here to make a little difference as the people of God,” said Bojja.