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 Majella McKernan MMM resizedSr. Majella was born in Belfast on 31st July, 1921, but grew up in Dundalk from the age of one when her family moved there.  She attended the local primary school and later went to nearby Carrickmacross for her secondary education.
When she entered MMM in 1946, she was already a qualified Pharmacist.  The Congregation was still in its infancy, just seven years old, and great expansion was taking place with new communities, health care initiatives and recruitment of new members in different countries of the world.

Sr. Leonie was born Patricia McSweeney in County Waterford in 1932. She grew up in Dublin, together with her brother Bill, and attended her early education with the Holy Faith Sisters, whom she loved. She worked as a secretary in a factory for two years before joining MMM in 1951. She felt a call to religious life but was more attracted to nursing than to teaching. When she was interviewed by Mother Mary, Mother accepted her immediately and told her that she would like her to study to be a doctor.

Ann Isobel McKiernan was born in Armagh in 1931. She was educated at Saint Malachy’s Primary School and the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Armagh. She had two brothers: Johnny and Father George, a Passionist priest, and one sister, Madge. Ann joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1949.

After profession Sr. Josefa trained as a radiographer in University College Dublin. She did her practical training in the hospital in Drogheda, and then worked for six years there. In 1960 she was assigned to Nigeria. She spent three years in Anua, working in the pharmacy and x-ray departments. At the end of 1962 she went to Afikpo and again worked in the pharmacy and x-ray departments. She had to leave in 1967 when war broke out in Nigeria.     

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 777
D.O.B. 15.11.1917
First Profession: 27.04.1970
Died: 06.11.1979 Aged: 61 years

Mary Josephine Meenan, née McDonagh, from Belfast, entered on 8 September 1967.

She was a widow with no family. She had not married until she was nearly forty and her husband, John, had died after only nine years of marriage.

Congregational Register No. 491
D.O.B. 22.06.1935
First Profession 03.10.61
Died: 08.08.2005
Aged: 70 years

Julia Ann McLoughlin was born in Dublin, the eldest of six children. She was educated by the Presentation Sisters and after finishing secondary school did a commercial Course at Rathmines Technical School. She continued on to Gregg Commercial School, Dublin, and worked as a secretary before entering MMM in 1959.

Following formation, Sr. Julie's secretarial skills were put to good use in the nunciature in Dublin and later at Drogheda as secretary general. In 1973, she was asked to assume responsibility for the congregation as Mother General, a post which she held until the Chapter in September 1974.

Sister Ita was born in Ballinasloe, Galway in 1930. The youngest of four children, three girls and a boy, she obtained her early education at the Mercy Convent, Ballinasloe. She trained in typing, shorthand and book-keeping and worked in the office of Dubarry Shoes in Ballinasloe.

She worked as a secretary before joining the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1949. After a devastating fire in Drogheda in 1952, novices were housed in a hotel in Termonfeckin, a nearby town. Ita’s group was the first to be professed after the fire.

Sister Therese Kilkenny wrote: ‘Ita with her group made their First Profession in Termonfeckin Parish Church because it was very soon after the fire and we were all in temporary accommodation in what is now An Grianan.

Nationality: Scottish
Congregational Register No: 437
D.O.B. 14.04.1914
First Profession: 06.05.1959
Died: 01.02.1981 Aged: 66 years

Catherine Spellacy McMeekin, known to us as Sr. Michaeli, entered in Clonmel on 7 October 1956. She hailed from Airdrie in Scotland and was a true Scotswoman to the end!

St. Benedict's Rule reads:

anne moranNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No. 153
D.O.B. 22.07.1924
First Profession: 09.09.1948
Died: 28.05.2004 Aged: 79 years

Anne (Nance) Moran was born and raised in Terenure, Dublin.  She was the sixth child in a family of five brothers and three sisters.  Anne was only five years old when her mother died shortly after her younger sister, Berna, was born.  Their father died only two years after their mother, and the family was raised by the eldest girl, Molly, who became mother to all, never marrying.  Anne was educated at the Presentation College, Terenure, and Loreto Abbey, Rathfarnham, later going on to Skerry's Commercial College, where she learned her secretarial skills.  Anne entered MMM in December 1945, taking the name Sr. Mary Reparatrice. 

22nd September 1933 – 22nd February 2022

Trinitas McMullan 1 resizedSr. M. Trinitas, baptized Margaret McMullan, was born In Belfast, N. Ireland. She came from a large family and started primary school in Belfast. However, the Second World War had started by this time and, to avoid the bombings, Margaret’s parents decided to move her and her siblings to stay with relatives in Lurgan, a more rural area and safer. It was in Lurgan that Margaret finished her education and then returned to Belfast to study nursing and midwifery.

Margaret entered MMM in 1961, aged 28, and taking the name Sr. Mary Trinitas. After her initial religious formation, and because she was already a trained nurse and midwife, she was assigned immediately to Nigeria. Here she found great fulfilment and happiness; she was Matron in many of the hospitals where she worked. Her total time in Nigeria came to thirty-nine years and she only returned to Ireland when she was needed back home for another ministry.

Sr Marie MorelNationality: British
Congregational Register No: 576
D.O.B. 21.08.1942
First Profession: 03.05.1963
Died: 29.03.1996 Aged: 54 years

From Jersey in the Channel Islands, Marie entered MMM on 3 October 1960.

She qualified as a laboratory technician and worked in the laboratory in the hospital in Drogheda until 1971, when she was assigned to Leon, Spain.

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