A religious sister who worked with lepers died on Friday after being caught in a flood in the Chinese province of Guangdong.
Sister Xue Ling, a member of the diocesan Congregation of the Holy Family, had just returned from an inauguration ceremony at St. Peter’s Church in the city of Danshui, Agenzia Fides reports. The mayor of the town where the lepers live told her that one of the sick required immediate hospitalization and Sister Xue left immediately to accompany the sick patient to the hospital.
As Sister Xue returned to her house, the car she was in was overtaken by floods. Rescue workers on the scene saved the driver and two patients but were unable to revive Sister Xue.
“She lost her life in a generous testimony of love for her brethren, the lepers,” Agenzia Fides reported.
Sister Xue was born in 1965 and made her perpetual vows in 1999. Five years ago her congregation sent her to Guangdong province to work with lepers.