Irish Nun honored for lifetime of teaching in Pakistan

Sr Berchmans students include Benazir Bhutto and Asma Jahangir.

  • Irish nun Sister Berchmans Conway from St Mary’s University will be awarded the Benedict Medal next week.
  • She is being honored for her services and lifetime teaching in Pakistan.
  • Former cabinet minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi called on the government of Pakistan to consider making her honorary Pakistani citizen.
  • Sr Berchmans students include Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jahangir, Maryam Nawaz


Former cabinet minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has called on the government of Pakistan requesting to consider honorary Pakistani citizenship for Irish nun Sister Berchmans Conway. The request has been made to show gratitude towards her services as she dedicated her entire life to teaching and promoting interfaith harmony in Pakistan.

St Mary’s University announced to award Sister Berchmans Conway with the prestigious Benedict Medal in the coming week to recognize her services for the people of Pakistan. Former Senior British Foreign Minister and a visiting professor at St Mary’s University, Sayeeda Warsi especially asked that Sr Berchmans deserves this for her lifetime services.

Irish nun Sr Berchmans taught Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jahangir, Maryam Nawaz:

Her students include a lengthy list of honorable and prominent ladies in Pakistan, including Benazir Bhutto and Asma Jahangir. She taught Benazir Bhutto, Asma Jahangir, Hina Gilani, Nergis Mavalvala, Sharmeen Obaid, Shireen Mazar, Maryam Nawaz Sharif, Tehmina Janjua, Sana Bucha, Nasim Zehra, Atiqa Odho, Jugnu Mohsin, and many others.

“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.” said Warsi. 

“I had the privilege of visiting Sr Berchmans in Karachi and I saw at first-hand how her work and presence has created a lifetime of inter faith 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.” she added. 

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