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...

Congregational Register No. 599
D.O.B. 02.04.1926
First Profession 27.04.1964
Died: 08.10.2000 Aged: 74 years

Maura was born in Toureen, County Mayo, the eldest of a large family. As the eldest girl, she considered it her duty to have a motherly concern for all the family. Before she entered, Maura managed a rural shop and post office. She joined MMM in 1961 and all her MMM life was spent in Ireland. She had assignments in the maternity hospital in Drogheda, in Clonmel, and in Waterford as catering supervisor where she made deep and lasting friendships with the staff and patients. In later years, Maura was librarian in the Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, where again she made many friends.

Maura was noted for her talent of creative writing. She joined a group in Drogheda and had the pleasure of publishing a book of reflective poems from which many people received inspiration and support. She was also a regular contributor to internal MMM publications such as Circuit.

Throughout her life, Maura often bore the darkness and pain of depressive illness. A year before she died, on hearing a diagnosis of terminal disease, Maura was granted the great gift of serenity and peace. She was overjoyed that she would soon be joining the loving God to whom she had dedicated her life. She fully expected that her time of waiting would be short and began her immediate preparation. One of Maura's greatest gifts to MMM was her example of acceptance and appreciation of people's love and support during her final illness. The love and concern of her many friends surrounded her. Maura died in Áras Mhuire and was buried in Drogheda.

The sun declines, the day wanes,
Away from the epicentre our sending now,
Gifted with new talents -
Limitation, pain, silent endurance,
Dependence, prayerful acceptance,

Letting go.
Talents just as fruitful
As activity's best.

For Mission never ends
We are for others always,
'Til the golden skein of love
Is wound to the end and we reach


Maura Forkan, June 2000.

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