Sr. Simone’s lovely footprints leave behind rich memories which will live on in our hearts.


Sister Annemarie Niehsen SAC delivered the eulogy at the Requiem Mass for Sister Simone SAC.     

“With sadness and gratitude, I want to share that Sister Simone Goergen was called home to God her Creator and Redeemer at 16.00, December21, 2018 at the age of 77.

She was born in Mayen, Germany on May 09, 1941, the youngest of five children of Peter Goergen and Anna Goergen, Schomich. She grew up in a very sheltered home and spent a beautiful and light-hearted childhood with her siblings, three brothers and one sister.

In 1963, after Sr. Simone completed her training as a professional nurse she immediately entered the Pallottine Missionary Sisters in Limburg and der Lahn. She made her first profession on August, 15, 1966 and her final on March, 25, 1973.

On April 28, 1970 Sister Simone was sent to South Africa and worked at St. Joseph Home for Chronically Ill Children. She also trained in Midwifery and Paediatric Nursing and in 1984 completed her Diploma in Nursing Administration.

In 2007, Sr. Simone was transferred to the Mission Station in Tanzania and spent again a few happy years with our sisters there and in England. She returned to South Africa August, 21, 2010 and became a loving member of our Community at the St. Vincent Pallotti Convent, Pinelands, Cape Town. After enduring severe back ache pain and hypertension she was diagnosed with Myeloma. She was treated for this several years and enjoyed time while in remission until she became seriously ill and was confined to her bed during December 2017.

The support-pillars of her life have been her joy, faith, her family, her community and many friends.

 The death of a person like Simone is an opportunity to express thanks for a life of generosity and dedication to God and His people.

We are pilgrims, wayfarers, looking ahead. Sr. Simone’s life offers insight into the nature of God, Creator of all, Father of love and mercy.

Our Sister and friend has passed from our midst into the presence and care of a loving Father, into the realms of the Angels and Saints.

 Where she has gone, we hope to follow.”

From Thea Patterson, director SJH:

“Sr Simone was a much loved and respected matron of St Joseph’s Home for 27 years before she retired in 2007. In 1989, Sr Simone pioneered and established a nursing training course for nursing auxiliaries that became a fully accredited course and uplifted the lives of many aspirant young people.

She was a beloved sister and matron. The children and staff at St Joseph’s Home adored her. Her gentle nature, dedication, commitment and radiant joy served as an inspiration for all who worked with her or encountered her.

She worked tirelessly and selflessly radiating love, faith, joy and care. Her generosity and energy was boundless. For us, the staff at St Joseph’s Home she was the epitome of a religious sister. Her caring legacy lives on here at St Joseph’s Home. “