Sister Deb Nelson will celebrate her 25th anniversary as an Aberdeen Presentation Sister on June 30, 2013.
She formerly served as a parish minister at Miller and Wessington.
Sister Deb, daughter of Don Nelson and Mary (Holzer) Nelson, graduated from Mobridge High School in 1984. She earned an associate’s degree in early childhood development from Presentation College, Aberdeen; a bachelor’s degree in theology from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb.; and a Master’s Degree of Religious Education from Loyola University, Chicago, Ill.
Sister Deb ministered as Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry for the Holy Spirit Parish, Sioux Falls, and Director of Youth Ministry for St. Mary and Sacred Heart Parishes, Aberdeen. She was a parish minister at St. Ann Parish, Miller, and St. Joseph Parish in Wessington. She served as Director of Youth Formation for St. Thomas More, Brookings.
Currently, Sister Deb is a missionary in Kalomo, Zambia, Central Africa. Her work in Africa is focused on promoting and assisting with educational development among those living in poverty.
Sister Deb stated, “I experienced the compassion, tenderness and love of God through the Presentation Sisters I knew early on in my life, and living a religious life has offered me the opportunity to share this gift with others in need of it.”