Steps to becoming an MMM Sister

The first step to becoming an MMM Sister is to contact the Vocation Director nearest you. Below you will find email addresses for our current Vocation Directors. If you do not live near one of these, please contact us and we will put you in touch with a Sister who can guide you.

Once you are in touch with the Vocation Director, a period follows during which she helps you to clarify your calling. If you both believe MMM is right for you, then arrangements are made for a formal interview.

The next period is that of Postulancy, which usually lasts two years. Some of this time is spent living in a community of MMM professed Sisters. Postulants learn about MMM life and the challenges they will face on the road ahead.

The second step is the Novitiate. The first year is known as a spiritual year. This is a time of more intense prayer and study of the history and charism of MMM and of the Church's mission in the world.

In the second novitiate year, the life of prayer and study is combined with some active experience of ministry among the poor. The novitiate usually includes participation in an inter-congregational study group.

This is a further time for reflection and learning, while mixing with men and women of other religious congregations, and acquiring skills in self-awareness, human development, and further insights in spirituality and a life of mission.

Currently, we have one novitiate in Ibadan, Nigeria. Bringing all the novices from different parts of the globe together fosters internationality from early on in formation. This aspect of our lives is very important.


'We call ourselves to embrace an attitude of heart and mind of internationality and to reflect this in our actions' (10th Cong. Chapter).

The third step comes on completion of  the novitiate and successful assessment. The Sister makes her First Profession of Vows. This period is a time of temporary commitment during which the Sister renews her religious vows annually. During the years of temporary vows, Sisters are assigned to one of our missions. It is normal that some will come to a decision that the life of an MMM Sister is not the right choice. Most of those who discontinue on this path feel what they learned was valuable and they remain close friends of MMM even though life takes them in other directions.

The final step of initial formation is life-long commitment. For those who persevere, the calling as an MMM Sister leads to a life-long commitment. The ceremony of Profession of Final Vows usually takes place about ten years after the first steps are taken along this road. This is not the end of formation, which continues throughout life. It is essential for MMMs to keep up to date not only with their professional training but also with developments in missiology and, of course, in spirituality.

Email an MMM Vocation Director

  • Angola: Sister Laurinda Bundo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Brazil: Sister Itoro Etokakpan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Honduras: Sister Cleide da Silva at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Ireland/UK:  Sister Brenda Swan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Kenya: Sister Jackie Nalubega at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Malawi: Sister Stella Ovientaoba at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Nigeria East: Sister Fidelia Ogujawa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Nigeria North: Sister Francisca Maduike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Nigeria West: Sister Nkeiruka Edochie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Republic of Benin: Sister Vivian Igwe at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Tanzania: Sister Jacinta Akonaay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Uganda: Sister Angelina Osuagwu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • USA or Canada: Sister Nina Underwood at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

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