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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. 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. M. Matthew CareyNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 173
D.O.B. 01.03.1918
First Profession: 11.02.1950
Died: 16.03.1953 Aged: 35 years

Sr. Matthew, baptised Bridget, from near Westport, Co. Mayo, entered MMM on 8 December 1946.

She was already a registered nurse before entering and began midwifery training as a second year novice. She was assigned to Nigeria shortly after making first profession because the need for nurse/midwives was so great at that time.

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.

Sr. M. Ruth CareyNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 114
D.O.B. 10.08.1914
First Profession: 08.09.1946
Died: 11.11.1979 Aged: 65 years
Originally from Mohill, Co. Leitrim, Christina was already qualified with a BA, HDip on entering in Rosemount in 1943. She was keen to do medicine, but fate seems to have been against this. Although she passed her pre-medical year at university, Mother Mary needed a qualified editor for her magazine, and Sr. Ruth's studies were interrupted!  Sr. Ruth spent most of her life in Drogheda as editor and in the field of formation, giving classes as postulant mistress and assistant novice mistress.

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.

Nationality: British.
Congregational Register No: 385
D.O.B. 25.05.1904
First Profession: 03.05.1957
Died: 28.01.1995 Aged: 90 years

Angela was living in Limerick when she entered MMM in October 1954.  She was already 50 years old and had lived a very interesting, though disciplined, life having had long experience in the British Army Corps. She had much to contribute to life in MMM.

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. 

Mairead Carroll resized aSr. Mairead Carroll, born in 1931, was baptised Margaret Teresa Mary. She came from Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo where she had all of her early education in St. Louis Convent school including her Leaving Certificate in 1949. She was one of six children, but has only one living sibling, her sister, Mary.After a few years at home, she came to Dublin to study pharmacy and them worked for some years in retail pharmacies before joining MMM in 1961.

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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.

Sr. M Agnes Carty

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 492
D.O.B. 05.01.1933
First Profession: 03.10.1961
Died: 22.06.1983 Aged: 50 years

From Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon, Agnese, baptised Mary Alisia, entered MMM in Clonmel on 3 April 1959.  After general nurse training in Drogheda and paediatric nurse training at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, she staffed in the IMTH for one year.

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