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: American
Congregational Register No. 532
D.O.B. 15.08.1934
First Profession 08.09.1957
Died: 01.02.2004 Aged: 69 years
Mary Ann Brow, the eldest daughter of seven children, grew up in Braintree, Massachusetts, USA. She spent much of her early life on bed-rest, recovering from four bouts of rheumatic fever. During this period she dreamed of working with children and occupied herself by sketching pictures of children of different nationalities.

Sr. Mary CallaghanNationality: Scottish
Congregational Register No: 350
D.O.B. 10.11.1929
First Profession: 08.09.1955
Died: 10.12.1972 Aged: 43 years

From Scotland, Mary entered in Drogheda on 6 March 1953. At her religious reception she was given the name Machar. Later she reverted to her baptismal name.

She was the Dux (leader) in her school before she entered. She started radiography studies while a second year novice, qualifying as a MSR in 1956, after which she worked in the x-ray department. in Drogheda.

Sr Mary Burns MMMSister Mary Burns was born in Moneymore, Co. Derry in 1933. From a family of two girls and one boy, she had her early education in Moneymore and her secondary education in Magherafelt. She began training as a nurse before joining MMM in 1954.  After profession she completed her training as a nurse-midwife in Drogheda and worked there as a staff midwife for almost two years.

In 1963 Mary was assigned to the Clinica Mediterranea in Naples, Italy, where she served for six years. This was a busy general hospital staffed by MMM. She worked in the neonatal department and then as a general nurse. She had to learn Italian but mastered it very quickly. She returned to Ireland in 1969 and worked as night sister in the IMTH (now Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital) for six years. During her time in the IMTH Mary completed a diploma in social and economic studies in the Drogheda Technical College. In 1976 she completed a diploma in religious studies in Maynooth.

Sr Elaine Campbell (nee Stoppard)Nationality: British
Congregational Register No. 326
D.O.B. 23.05.1920
 First Profession 26.04.1955
Died: 17.07.2000 Aged: 80 years

Elaine, known in MMM for quite some time as Sr. M. Campion or 'Camps', was born in Ipswich, England. In 1943, as a young woman of 22 years she married an equally young Royal Air Force pilot. Unfortunately, their happiness was to be all too short. He was one of the many young men killed in action during World War II. In 1945, after a year given to war service, Elaine started general nurse and midwifery training. Sometime in the late 1940's she saw the film Visitation, which greatly impressed her and caused her to write to Mother Mary some 18 months later for additional information. She entered MMM in 1952.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 102
D.O.B. 28.05.1923
First Profession: 18.03.1946
Died: 03.10.1996 Aged: 73 years

Kathleen, from Newry, Co. Down, came to MMM on 30 August 1943. Her forte was in secretarial work. She helped in the MMM Magazine Office in the early days and in bookkeeping, but being the versatile person she was, promotion work was also among her talents.

Sr Aengus CampionSister Aengus was born Ellen Campion in Ballagh, County Laois in 1927. Called Eileen in her family, she was the sixth in a family of twelve, six boys and six girls. Two children died in infancy. To quote Aengus, her family life ‘was sharing in every sense of the word. One was under no illusions as to one's responsibilities and duties. It was a happy growing up together.’ They were blessed with wonderful hard working parents in a farming milieu, who ensured the family were well educated. After attending Erill Primary School, Eileen went to the Loreto Secondary School in Kilkenny.
On completion of secondary school she considered a religious vocation but felt she needed to experience life by doing something concrete.

Sr Mairead ButterlyMMMSister Mairead was born Maire Eilish in Dublin in 1946 and joined MMM in 1964. After profession she trained as a social worker at University College Dublin, obtaining an Honours B. Soc. Sc. Degree. In 1970 she founded and worked in the Community Services Centre in Drogheda.

In 1972 Mairead was assigned to Kenya and for two and a half years she was coordinator of women’s development in Eldoret Diocese, working to improve the quality of life of local women. This was followed by two years in social work in the IMTH (Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital) in Drogheda and in mission awareness.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 142
D.O.B. 14.02.1907
First Profession: 16.03.1948
Died: 15.07.2006 Aged: 99 years
Bridget Cannon came from a large family in a Gaelic speaking area in Co. Donegal.  She trained as a general nurse in England and later as a midwife, fever nurse and district nurse.  Bridget had many years of nursing experience in the UK and Ireland before joining MMM. She was working as a district nurse in her native Donegal when she finally decided she was called to religious life. 

Sr du Sacre Coeur Byrne MMMSister du Sacre Coeur was born Mary Julie Byrne in Dublin on 22 April 1927. From a family of five, two boys and three girls, she was known as ‘May’ by her family. After attending local schools she completed a commercial course in shorthand, typing and bookkeeping. For seven years, May worked as a secretary and bookkeeper, or personal assistant as it would be known today, to a solicitor in Dublin. When she told him she had decided to join MMM in February 1952 he was sorry she was leaving.

After first profession Sister du Sacre Coeur worked in the magazine office in Drogheda. In 1958 she was assigned to Nigeria, where she served as secretary, bursar and social worker in Ogoja, where MMM provided services for people affected by Hansen’s disease (leprosy).

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Sister Mary Canty was born in Skagh, Croom, Co. Limerick in 1926, the only girl of four children. She received her early education in Limerick and joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1952. She completed a Diploma in Social Science in UCD in 1958 and trained as a medical social worker at the London Institute of Almoners.

After a few months as a medical social worker in Drogheda, she went to Nigeria in 1960. She spent seven years in leadership in the MMM community in Urua Akpan. In 1968 she went to Antigonish, Nova Scotia an obtained a diploma in social leadership. She spent three years in Drogheda as sister-in-charge of MMMs after their first profession. After a refresher course in London, she worked as a medical social worker at Whittington Hospital.

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