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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...

Sr Denise LynchSister Denise was born Philomena Lynch in Baillieston, Glasgow, Scotland in 1932. She attended West of Scotland Commercial College, obtained an advanced certificate in elocution in London, and worked as a secretary in a solicitor’s office before joining the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1951. Her sister Patricia is also an MMM.

After profession she did nurse training in the IMTH. In 1956 she was assigned to Nigeria, where she served for three years as a secretary in Ikom. Back in Ireland, she worked in administration in the IMTH for five years and completed a diploma in social studies. Returning to Nigeria in 1965, she was a secretary in the Apostolic delegation in Lagos for three years.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 157
D.O.B. 17.06.1920
First Profession: 07.09.1949
Died: 15.01.1999 Aged: 78 years

A very quiet, unobtrusive person, baptised Eileen, from Armagh, N. Ireland, entered MMM on 25 March 1946.

She had been working as a dressmaker but also had secretarial skills and these were much appreciated in the general promotion office and Sweep office in Drogheda.

Sister Maura was born in Youghal, County Cork in 1938, the fourth of nine children. She joined MMM in 1956. After qualifying in medicine in University College Dublin she was assigned to Angola in 1967. In preparation, she first went to Lisbon, Portugal to learn the language and to study at the Lisbon School of Tropical Medicine.

She was to spend fourteen of the next twenty years in Angola, then known as Portuguese West Africa, mainly as medical director of the hospital at Chiulo. Situated in a remote area in the south of the country, at the time, the hospital was small, with limited resources. Maura contributed greatly to its development.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 65
D.O.B. 28.03.1902
First Profession: 06.01.1945
Died: 22.10.1980 Aged: 78 years

Ethel Malynn from Moate, Co. Westmeath, entered in Drogheda on 30 September 1941 when MMM was still in its infancy.

Sister Barbara (also known as Sister Bosco) was born in Kilmallock, Limerick, in 1926. Her mother died just four months after Barbara was born.  Her father remarried and she grew up in a very united and loving family. She attended Kilmallock School in Limerick and Ballyvaughan National School in Clare and then went to the Ursuline Convent in Sligo for her secondary education.  

Barbara joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1945. After profession she trained as a nurse in St. Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin and the IMTH Drogheda.  After a year as a staff nurse in Drogheda she trained as a nurse tutor at the Royal College of Nursing in Edinburgh. In 1954 she was assigned to Nigeria, where she was nursing tutor in Saint Luke’s Hospital in Anua for eight years.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 387
D.O.B. 21.08.1930
First Profession: 05.03.1957
Died: 05.09.2005 Aged: 75
Mary Theresa Marshall came from Dungannon, Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland.  She was from a family of seven, four brothers and three sisters.  She entered MMM in 1954, age 23, and took the name Sr. M. Anita.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 367
D.O.B. 21.04.1896
First Profession: 02.07.1956
Died: 14.07.1983 Aged: 86 years

Sybil Catherine (nee Stanton) from Granard, Co. Longford, was a widow when she entered MMM at Drogheda on 8 December 1953.  A qualified doctor, she had been in public health work in Co. Longford, (where her daughter also lived) prior to entering MMM.

Sr. M. Salvatoris MartinNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No. 149
D.O.B. 17.09.1926
First Profession 09.09.1948
Died: 10.05.2001 Aged: 75 years

May Martin was born and had her early education in Co. Roscommon. She entered MMM in 1945, already a pre-med student at University College Dublin. She continued with medical studies, taking a break for her spiritual year between 1946/47.

sr m salette mahonNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 428
D.O.B. 20.05.1919
First Profession: 06.05.1959
Died: 17.08.1998 Aged: 79 years

Baptised Mary Catherine and from Drumree, Co. Meath, Sr. Salette entered MMM on 31 May1956. She was a fully qualified nurse on entering.

Sr Moyra Martin MMMSister Moyra Martin (formerly Sister Alacoque) was born in Reaghstown, Ardee, Co. Louth in 1927. The second youngest in a family of six girls and four boys, she attended school locally and in the Saint Louis Convent in Co. Monaghan. She trained as a nurse after joining MMM in 1946. She began her training in the International Missionary Training Hospital (IMTH-now Our Lady of Lourdes) and completed it in Jervis Street Hospital in Dublin. In 1953, Moyra was assigned to Nigeria and was a ward sister in Saint Luke’s Hospital in Anua for five years.

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