6 Nov 2019

“I am happy when I serve people with dedication”

Sister Winnie Guyao has been part of the England province of Sisters Hospitallers family for five years. She has spent most of this time in Africa, specifically in Ghana where she participates in the daily tasks.

Tell us a bit about yourself…

I am Sister Winnie Guyao and I come from the Philippines. I have been in Ghana for five years.

When did you know you wanted to be a hospital sister?

Right after my Senior High Education in 2001.

When did you join the Province of England?

In October 2014.

I am happy at the end of the day when I have served people with dedication.

Can you explain to us what your hospitaller trajectory has been?

I was at St. Benito Hospital, in Dompoase, for four years and three months. I was serving at the centre for the mentally ill, physically challenged and also the section where they prepared soap.

How long have you been at St Francis Xavier Hospital?

Seven months.

Can you tell us about the most rewarding experience?

I am happy at the end of the day when I have served people with dedication.

And some of the most difficult moments?

Being with the children the challenge was language. It was a barrier because some could not speak English, and I couldn’t speak Twi, the local language here.

What would you say makes this Institution special?

The hospitaller values being lived and shared in the Hospitaller way of service.

Can you tell us about your daily activities?

In the community, we follow a timetable. We pray, work and attend to our mission/work.

I would say that being part of the hospitaller life is a service of love- we serve God through needy people.

What do you enjoy the most about your job/mission?

Being at the store and ensuring that things are organised and kept in order.

What do you find most challenging about your job?

Controlling and ensuring that the items issued are used for the right purpose.

Is there anything else you would like to mention?

I would suggest that gadgets which are used on a daily basis (such as thermometers) should be purchased, which is more cost-efficient.

What would you say to someone who is thinking about joining as a Sister Hospitaller?

I would say that being part of the hospitaller life is a service of love- we serve God through needy people.

Let us live the Hospitaller values for the betterment of the Hospitaller mission, in the end, all for God’s glory.

Do you want to send a message to the hospital community?

Let us be instruments of God’s love towards our sick brothers and sisters and see in them His presence as His living image. Let us live the Hospitaller values for the betterment of the Hospitaller mission, in the end, all for God’s glory.