Susan Nagele is a Maryknoll Lay Missioner and Family Physician who began working in East Africa in 1985. Her service provided primary health care in Tanzania for six years, Sudan for 12 years (all during the second war in what is now called South Sudan) and Kenya for 14 years. She became conversant with the languages and cultures of Swahili, Juba Arabic and Toposa and developed expertise in tropical medicine and care for people who have been sexually abused. Her deepest passion is caring for children and pregnant women within the various familial constructs of other cultures.
She returned to the USA in 2018, currently lives in Urbana Illinois and attends St. Patrick Parish. She continues to work for Maryknoll Lay Missioners doing medical consultancy, mission education and promotion in the Midwest. Maryknoll Lay Missioners is the mission outreach of the US Catholic church which fully incorporates laity as members to serve people who are marginalized and most in need in our global community.