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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...

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 329
D.O.B. 22.08.1922
First Profession: 26.04.1955
Died: 03.03.2000 Aged: 77 years
Mona McDermott, from Co. Sligo entered MMM on 15 August 1952. She was already a qualified nurse and had been staffing for six years, so her nursing ability was quickly called on for the IMTH.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No. 616
D.O.B. 17.04.1929
First Profession 03.10.1964
Died: 11.10.2002 Aged: 73 years

Born in Kildare, Agnes McGrath did her early schooling in the Presentation Convent. After finishing school she worked in an office. She entered MMM aged 31 and took the name Sr. M. Ines. After her initial formation, she worked in the hospital cafeteria in Drogheda. In 1965 Sr. Ines began nurse training but discontinued after a year and a half, feeling she was not suited to nursing. She worked in the Apostolic nunciature in Dublin for five years, before returning to Drogheda to work at the reception desk in the IMTH. In 1973 she was assigned to the USA. She spent a year in Winchester, MA, and returned to Ireland to do a commercial course. After this she worked in the hospital in Drogheda in a variety of jobs before being assigned to Tanzania in 1979.

Nationality: Canadian
Congregational Register No: 543
D.O.B. 06.06.1941
First Profession: 17.03.1961
Died: 25.08.1992 Aged: 51 years

Maureen came from Toronto, Canada, and entered MMM in Winchester, Massachusetts, on 12 September 1958. After profession she came to Ireland where she studied medicine at University College Dublin.

Sister Margaret Ann (Mollie) was born Margaret Mary McGrath in the East End of London in 1926. She had two sisters, Patricia and Lily, who predeceased her, and one brother, Bill.   She was educated in Notre Dame School in Southwark. During World War II she joined the Land Army. This was a civilian organisation created during the First and Second World Wars so women could work in agriculture, replacing men called up to the military. They picked crops and did all the jobs that the men would do.  In recent years Margaret Ann received an award from the British government in recognition of her contribution. When the war ended she was employed by the Bank of England.

Sister Brigid was born in Dublin in 1935. An only child, she lost both of her parents when she was young. Her aunts and uncles were very good to her and she was very close to her cousins. She completed her early education in Dublin and joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1953.
After profession she trained as a pharmacist. She then studied theology in Rome and spent the next six years in Drogheda guiding women in their early stages in MMM.

Sr Joachim McGuinness MMM 1

Sister Joachim was born Mary Brigid McGuinness in Glebe, Ardee, Co. Louth in 1923. Known as Maureen within her family, she attended primary school in Ardee. She then trained in domestic science in the technical school in Ardee and in domestic economy at the St. Louis Sisters in Monaghan.

Joachim joined MMM in 1944.  She was seriously ill as a novice and made her first profession of vows on what was presumed to be her deathbed. Happily she made a remarkable recovery and lived almost to the age of ninety-six years.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 134
D.O.B. 25.02.1911
First Profession: 02.07.1947
Died: 01.01.1999 Aged: 87 years

Baptised Brigid, from Carna, Co. Galway, in the Gaeltacht, the Irish-speaking area of Ireland, Sr. Kevin entered MMM on 27 December 1944.

Already a qualified nurse, she took up duty in Anua, Nigeria, as matron from 1949 to 1953, after serving one year as assistant novice mistress in Drogheda.

Sister Mary was born in Emyvale, Co. Monaghan, in 1942, the eldest of three children. Their mother died when Mary was fifteen years old. After primary school, Mary went to stay with her Aunt Mary in Dublin during her secondary school education. She trained as a secretary and worked for the Land Commission for a year and a half. During that time she attended classes in drama and studied French and Italian. She joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1962.

After profession Mary qualified as a nurse-midwife and obtained a certificate in tropical medicine in Liverpool, England. Her first assignment was to Leon, Spain, in 1971, where she spent two and a half years and made her final profession.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 216
D.O.B. 20.11.1929
First Profession: 08.09.1951
Died: 18.03.1995 Aged: 66 years

Sr. Martina came from near Strabane in Co. Tyrone and had been baptised Annie Josephine. She entered MMM in Drogheda on 11 January 1948.

In 1960, after general nurse and midwifery training, she was assigned to Nigeria where she worked in Abakaliki until 1967. On her return to Ireland, she spent some time nursing Mother Mary and did a course in the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool.

Sr Agnes McKeon MMMSister Agnes was born in Liscloonadea, Mohill, Co. Leitrim, in 1924, the second youngest of five girls and four boys. She attended the local primary school and Mohill Technical School and in 1943 went to England with three of her sisters to train as a nurse. While working there in 1948, another nurse told her about a film called Visitation.

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