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...

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 349
D.O.B. 08.05.1916
First Profession: 02.07.1956
Died: 27.09.1999 Aged: 83 years

Maria, from Newry, Co. Down, entered MMM on 31 May 1953, as a highly qualified nurse/midwife. Consequently, her first overseas mission assignment came shortly after her first profession. She was midwifery sister and matron in Anua, Nigeria, from 1956  to 1961, where she gave herself generously to the work.

In 1961 she was asked to join the pioneer group of Sisters going to Taiwan. She spent thirteen years there, and this was a special time to her.

On returning to Ireland, she worked in nursing administration in the IMTH for ten years. Following 'retirement' she served as clinic nurse in the tropical unit with Sr. Dr. Patricia Kelly until 1995. After this she suffered failing health for several years.

She was a special character - sensitive, musical, and creative, with a distinctive sense of humour. She made a great contribution to the liturgy, playing the organ as well as singing. She shared her gifts generously and communicated with her community and family very openly. She was aware of her own need for support and friendship.

Her whole life in MMM could be summed up by: 'The whole thing was a huge success', a quote often on her lips!

Sr. Maria died in Áras Mhuire after a short final illness and is buried in Drogheda.

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