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In this section of our website, you will find a short entry about the life of each of our Sisters who has been called by God to embark on her eternal life. No doubt you will find inspiration in reading how each one responded to her calling while on earth. We pray to them to help us on our journey.

If you knew one or more of these Sisters personally, or are connected through family ties, or simply like what you read, please contact us and tell us what you would like to add to that entry.

"The death of those can never leave us free from grief whose friendship during life was a solace and delight." Saint Augustine, City of God.

When Loved Ones Leave Us...

Sister Fidelia AdigoSister Fidelia Adigo was born in Mgboma Alike Ikananzizi, Nigeria in November 1949. She was a trained nurse-midwife with a specialty in orthopaedics, and worked as a nurse-midwife for 10 years before joining MMM in 1991. Her first assignment was to Tanzania, where she served in Kabanga. In addition to nursing duties she helped children with disabilities to access services.

Sr Anne BennettNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 96    
D.O.B. 10.04.1919
First Profession: 18.03.1946
Died: 22.05.2006 Aged: 87 years
Anne Teresa Bennett was born in Milltownpass in County Westmeath, Ireland. She had three sisters and one brother. Anne was educated at the  at the local Mercy Convent and after leaving school helped out both at home and in the family-owned shop, before she entered MMM in 1943, aged 24. In religion Anne took the name  Sr. Mary Annunciata.

Sister Grace, called Nda Gee or Nda Gra, was born in Uzoagba, Owerri, Nigeria in 1940. She completed her early education at the Holy Rosary School, Uzoagba. In 1961,

Grace came in contact with MMMs at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Anua, where she did her nursing and midwifery training before joining MMM in 1962. Like our first six Nigerian MMMs, she completed her postulancy and novitiate in Drogheda, Ireland. She made her first profession in 1966 and then obtained her general nursing registration in the IMTH.


Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 794
D.O.B. 01.02.1895
First Profession: 03.10.1969
Died: 01.08.1983 Aged: 88 years

A native of Castlemagner, Co. Cork, Eileen's maiden surname was O'Brien. She had been married with a family and was widowed before entering MMM on 8 March 1968. Because of her age and maturity, an Indult was requested and granted, so she did not need to complete a second year of novitiate.

Nationality:- NigeriaSr Veronica Akpan
Congregational Register No. 352
D.O.B. 23.05.1929
First Profession 02.07.1956
Died: 16.08.2001 Aged: 72 years
Sr. Veronica Akpan was born in Eniong Offol, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. She had one older brother and a younger sister. Her home village is near St. Luke's Hospital, Anua, and it was here that she first came in contact with MMM. After her initial schooling and a one-year Teacher Training Course, she went to St. Luke's and trained as a nurse and midwife.

Congregational Register No. 162
D.O.B. 23 07.1919
First Profession 17.03.1949
Died: 31.07.2002 Aged: 83 years

Assumpta Boylan resizedBorn in Oldcastle, County Meath, Eileen Boylan came from a family of four: two sons and two daughters. After finishing her schooling she stayed at home to help her mother who was ill and eventually died. It was only when Eileen was twenty-seven that she felt free enough from family responsibilities to follow her calling into religious life.

At her reception into the novitiate Eileen took the name Sr. M. Assumpta. All her religious life was spent in Ireland, and her profession was recorded as "helper". She worked in Clonmel and Waterford. She also spent some time in Rosemount in Dublin when it was a house for students but most of her life was spent in Drogheda. She worked for several years in the IMTH cafeteria and also looked after the hospital oratory for a number of years, work which she especially loved.

Throughout her life she suffered from ill health which gradually became more and more disabling.

From the 1980s until her death, she had constant illness and suffering. When Áras Mhuire opened in 1994 she became part of the founding community of MMMs there. She died peacefully and free from suffering in Áras Mhuire on 31 July 2002 and is buried in Drogheda.

Sister Patricia Chibuzo Amadi was born in Nguru Mbaise, Owerri, Nigeria on Saint Patrick´s Day, 17 March 1945. She came from a large, close family unit. Her basic education was divided among several schools.

She attended Holy Rosary Primary School, Ovoro; Mercy Secondary School, Okigwe; and later Saint Louis Secondary School, Ondo. After leaving school she worked as a nurses’ aid in a hospital and in sick bay in charge of children with kwashiorkor.

Sr. M. Frances Xavier BoyleCongregational Register No. 158
D.O.B. 12.03.1919
First Profession 07.09.1949
Died: 05.11.2003  Aged: 84 years
Patricia Boyle was born in Dublin and was educated at the Presentation Convent in Terenure, the Technical School in Rathmines, and Gregg Secretarial College. After her commercial training she worked for four years as a secretary to the managing director of a large drug company before entering MMM in 1946.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 96    
D.O.B. 10.04.1919
First Profession: 18.03.1946
Died: 22.05.2006 Aged: 87 years

Anne Teresa Bennett was born in Milltownpass in County Westmeath, Ireland. She had three sisters and one brother. Anne was educated at the  at the local Mercy Convent and after leaving school helped out both at home and in the family-owned shop, before she entered MMM in 1943, aged 24. In religion Anne took the name  Sr. Mary Annunciata.

Following initial formation, Sr. Annunciata trained as a nurse and midwife in the IMTH in Drogheda and Jervis Street Hospital in Dublin.  She was assigned her first overseas mission in 1954 and went to Tanzania, which was called Tanganyika at that time.  Sr. Annunciata was to spend a total of twenty years in Tanzania, almost equally divided between the hospitals of Dareda and Makiungu.  She had posts of responsibility in both places, as matron and as Sister-in-charge.  She loved Tanzania, although there were many difficult periods during the years when the hospitals were new and being built up.

In 1974, Sr. Anne returned to Ireland to work as infirmarian in Drogheda for two years before being assigned to the USA to work in Pope John XXIII Seminary in Weston, MA. This seminary was for older vocations to the priesthood, who came from all over the USA. Anne worked in the accounts office and as the infirmarian. She really enjoyed this ministry and it energised her.  Sr. Anne was a joyful, outgoing person, kind and patient, self-controlled with a deep love of God and an active prayer life.  She made many friends in the USA, some of whom were still writing to her many years later when she was living in Áras Mhuire.

When MMM withdrew from the seminary in 1980, Sr. Anne helped out with fund-raising activities in Chicago for several months before returning to Ireland that year for surgery.  In 1981 she  returned to the USA and was assigned to the novitiate community in Brighton, MA, as bursar. She later move to Somerville, MA where she was also the bursar.

Sr. Anne returned to Ireland in 1992, where she lived first as a member of Ashleigh Heights community and later in Mell community in Drogheda.

Sr. Anne was admitted to Áras Mhuire in 2004 because of failing health, and her condition gradually deteriorated over the next two years.  The latter months of her life must have been very difficult for her.  She had always been a very sociable person and her inability to communicate was sometimes very frustrating.  She slipped away peacefully on the morning of 22 May 2006, her tears wiped away as she entered into her new life with her Beloved.

Sister Mel Brady was born Mary Brady in Corbawn, Longford in 1926. She came from a family of five boys and three girls, one of whom died in infancy. She was educated in Kilcogy, County Cavan ,and joined MMM in 1947. At her reception she was given the name Mel, one of the earliest Irish saints, the patron the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise.

Mel was part of the challenging pioneering days of MMM. In 1951, soon after profession, she was assigned to Nigeria.

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