Clarke, Sr. M. Monica

sr_m_monica_clarke1Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 156
D.O.B. 26.06.1908
First Profession: 09.09.1948
Died: 10.03.1981 Aged: 72 years

After many years working as a Public Health Doctor in England, Monica, a native of Easkey, Co. Sligo, entered MMM on March 7th 1946.

As a mature entrant, it wasn't easy for her to relinquish her smoking habit, among other things, and she did not warm to Mother Mary's kind gesture of offering her sweets in place of the cigarettes!

She was very talented, and Mother Mary was quick to appreciate her gifts, securing a dispensation (necessary in those times) for Monica's second 'active' year as a Novice to precede her first Canonical year so that she could accompany Mother Mary to Nigeria for the making of the film 'Visitation'.

In later years, Sr. Monica worked in Tanzania, mostly in Galappo and Mbulu, and in 1956 she was appointed Inspector of MMM Hospitals and went on visitation of hospitals in Angola, East and West Africa.

She also spent time as Novice Mistress in Drogheda. One remembered saying of her's is 'You wash, I'll dry and I'll mind my clean habit. But, part of a poem she wrote during her novitiate years is more often quoted:

'Tis the effort really matters,
Not the good you think you do,
For what we do is but little
Were we to ourselves but true'

At the first MMM General Chapter in 1962, she was elected 3rd General Councillor to Mother

Mary. She was also engaged in Marriage Guidance and Family Planning, and was called on for many lectures on Billings as well as on Terminal Care.

Finally ill health in the form of Addison's disease caught up with her and curtailed many of her activities, but she still continued writing articles, etc.

Sr. Monica died in Drogheda and is buried there in the MMM plot.