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Healing ministry for Michelle


Combining a medical career with a religious vocation might sound daunting but Michelle Goh says both are helping her to “be the best person that God has made me to be”.

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Michelle joined the Sisters of Mercy (Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea) three and a half years ago when she made her first profession of religious vows.

She initially contemplated the possibility of religious life after finishing specialist medical training in dermatology. At that time, she enjoyed her work in medicine because she liked the variety and intellectual challenge of the profession, the people interaction, the lifestyle and also the satisfaction of knowing that through her work, she was helping others.

At the same time, she says there also was a “deeper longing for ultimate meaning, and spiritual search for how to better fit my Christian faith into how I was living and what I was doing”.

“As a Sister of Mercy now, I am blessed to belong to a group of committed Christian women who constantly model for me a balanced contemplation-with-action mode of being and doing,” says Michelle.

“Out of our relationship with Jesus, we try to live the Gospel message through our service to the community, especially the poor and disadvantaged of our world, through our ministries in health, education, welfare and social justice.

“Having first experienced and known God’s loving kindness (mercy) in our lives, we try to share God’s mercy and compassion with those around us.”

Michelle’s current ministry is in medical dermatology – in clinical practice and medical education.

“I hope that by my work in health ministry, I am participating in Christ’s work of healing in God’s kingdom,” she says.

“I am deeply grateful for the gifts and opportunities that I have received, and am thankful that I am able to give back to the community by serving those in need of health care.

“I feel that living religious life as a Sister of Mercy helps me love God and my neighbour with all that I am, and so be the best person that God has made me to be.”


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