New Zealand nun killed in car crash in France
A Kiwi nun has died in a car crash in France after giving a sister in her congregation a ride to the airport.
Sister Maureen McBride of The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM) was highly ranked in the Roman Catholic congregation.
McBride died after suffering "a medical event" while driving near Lyon, France, said a statement posted by RNDM congregation leader Josephine Kane on the International Union of Superiors General website.
She was on her way back to Saint-Rambert-en-Bugey – a commune – after dropping another sister at the airport when she was involved in the crash.
"We thank God for Maureen and all that she is to all of us," Kane said.
RNDM has more than 1000 sisters in 26 countries, with its primary focus being the education of women and children, and, more recently, health care services for the poor and underprivileged.
It was first started in 1861 in Lyon, France, by Adele-Euphrasie Barbier. The first foreign missionaries, all French, left France in 1864 for New Zealand.
It is understood McBride was a former leader of the group, and based in Rome, Italy.
A memorial mass will be held in Lower Hutt, New Zealand, on December 8.
RNDM has been contacted for further comment.