MMM Blog

Blood and Water

by Sr. Noeleen Mooney, MMM  Ireland 04.11.2021

 back of man with childMy work in a mission hospital laboratory was far removed from the high technology of auto-analyzers and computer print-outs.
Diagnosing intestinal and blood parasites microscopically formed a large part of the workload. The highest cause of mortality and morbidity is malaria.  So may die, either because of complications, or in the case of children, because too many bouts of fever have left them too anaemic to live.  This is the story of one of them.

His chart said Frenki: Frank to us
but here it is sound that counts, not spelling.

Recording the Past and inspiring the Future

by Lisa Murphy, MMM Archivist  02.11.2021

MMM Archive storeroom with archival quality boxes to preserve the material 3

 An introduction to MMM Archives
In July of 2021, I took up the mantle of Congregational Archivist for the Medical Missionaries of Mary. However more often than not, when I tell people that I am an archivist, I am met with blank stares. I have found that the role of an archivist is not widely understood and this in turn leads to a lack of understanding about the purpose and importance of archives themselves. To that end, I would love to give you a sense of what exactly an archivist is, what we do and why the MMM Archive is so precious.

In the Sacred Space

by Sr. Prisca Ovat, MMM,   Kenya    28.10.2021

Bible and cross

That space appears really incomprehensible to most mortals.
It is fully grasped by the one who knows all - YHWH.
Yet, to the one tested and proven
Has ownership and wisdom been given to access - the depth of being.

Healing Charism with the Elderly

by Sr. Noeleen Mooney, MMM  Ireland  24.10.2021

elderlyThe Healing Charism is a gift I have been given.  It comes with responsibility.It involves
Coaxing – that those who feel they can’t, because of age or infirmity, may discover that they can, with just a little help.        Can I give it?
Compassion – when ears don’t hear, and news and views become distorted and entangled.
Can I untangle, gently?


by Sr. Sheila Campbell, MMM  Ireland  21.10.2021

foggy dayThis morning I went out walking at my usual early time.  It was still dark, but that wasn’t the problem.  What hit me like a wet blanket as I opened the door was a dense, misty fog.  I immediately remembered the fogs of my childhood in Belfast. 

Memories of the MMM

Guest Blog by Paul Brian Campbell, S.J.        U.S.A.  19/10/2021


I was 11 years-old when my sister Sheila entered the novitiate. We visited her in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary as a postulant and I remember my little brother and I causing something of a stir as we strolled into her dormitory to see her at bedtime!

Mother Mary Room

by Sr. Joanne Kelly, MMM   Ireland 15/10/2021


There are times when I seek a place of real solitude, a quiet place to reflect and pray. In fine weather this is easy to find in our lovely garden amidst the God-given beauty of nature. In the cold dark days I go to the Mother Mary room in our house. This is a beautiful room which portrays in script and pictures the story of Mother Mary Martin, the founding of the Medical Missionaries and the beginning of the hospital known as Our Lady of Lourdes. 

A Time Apart

by Sr. Noeleen Mooney, MMM  Ireland       07/10/2021ATimeApart

To have a value on our lives, silence and solitude must at some time be experienced and found to be worthwhile, or even vital as a way of gathering our inner forces to respond to what life’s journey and our God asks of us.

Maasai warriors in Tanzania have a remarkable way of going apart, and I was once privileged to observe how they go about it.

Journeying in Africa

by Sr. Cecily Bourdillon, MMM,   Ireland    07/10/2021

When I hear Sister Justina Odunukwe's name I think of an unforgettable journey in 1973. Sister Justina is now the Area Leader of West Africa.

At the time, I was stationed in Ikot Ene in southeastern Nigeria; the MMMs had established the rural hospital there in 1959. Though only 12 miles from Calabar, Ikot Ene was remote, for to reach it there was a river to cross in a canoe or a pontoon for vehicles. The alternative route to Ikot Ene was by road, detouring 40 miles through dense rain forest; a long and tortuous journey. Our nearest MMM neighbours were our community in Anua. To reach Anua we would cross the estuary formed by the Calabar and Cross rivers - an hour's journey in a motor boat but a three-hour extended journey on the large ferry boat that had to navigate through deep waters.

Key Lesson learnt from my ministry or life as a Sister

by Sr. Sheila Campbell MMM,  Ireland   07/10/2021flower in crack

One of the key lessons I have learnt from my ministry as a Sister is to be flexible. Life is constantly changing and I have learnt to weave my way through it, trying to respond as best I can, to the needs of the local people of God and to my community. At times I have struggled with some assignments I have been given. For example, I trained as a nurse, but I do not like hospital nursing! Yet I spent three years as one of only two trained nurses in a rural hospital in Brazil because I knew it was the need at that time. I knew I was in the right place.

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