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. 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. M. Gerard CavanaghNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 108
D.O.B. 11.07.1903
First Profession: 08.09.1946
Died: 16.09.1983 Aged: 80 years

Sr. M. Gerard, baptised Anne, of Athenry, Co. Galway, entered at Rosemount on 7 October 1943.  A trained psychiatric nurse when she entered, Sr. Gerard's talents were employed over the years, mainly in the role of infirmarian, not only in MMM houses in Ireland but also in the early days, to the seminarians in St. Patrick's College, Kiltegan and in Humewood.

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.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No. 39
D.O.B. 20.08.1921
First Profession 08.09.1943
Died: 28.02.2001 Aged: 79 years
Mairead was born in Killimer, County Clare, and it seems she entered MMM immediately after school. She qualified as the first MMM doctor in Dublin in 1947 and was almost immediately assigned to Nigeria. She is principally associated with Ogoja, where she spent almost twenty years of her missionary life. She also spent five years in Abakaliki, Nigeria. At this time she was known in MMM as Sr. M. Visitation.

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.

sr_m_monica_clarke1Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 156
D.O.B. 26.06.1908
First Profession: 09.09.1948
Died: 10.03.1981 Aged: 72 years

After many years working as a public health doctor in England, Monica, a native of Easkey, Co. Sligo, entered MMM on 7 March 1946.  As a mature entrant, it wasn't easy for her to relinquish her smoking habit, among other things, and she did not warm to Mother Mary's kind gesture of offering her sweets in place of the cigarettes!

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.

Sister Lelia was born Mary Elizabeth Cleary in Kildysart, County Clare in 1919. The second of eight children, she grew up on a farm in Clonola. She received her early education in Gortlass National School and later in Bruff Boarding School, County Limerick.

She trained as a nurse in Cork and as a midwife in the Coombe Hospital in Dublin.

She worked as a staff nurse, both in St. Anne’s Hospital in Dublin and in the county hospital in Clare, where she spent eight years. She joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1953.

Sister Mary was born in Brodenstown, Mullingar, County Westmeath in 1926. She was an only girl with one brother, Tommy. She received her early education at Glascorn National School and then went to boarding school for her secondary education with the Dominican Sisters in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin.

She did well in her studies but this was during World War II. When there was bombing in Dublin her parents, concerned for her safety, brought her back home.  Mary joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1946.

Sr. M. Loreto ClerkinNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 113
D.O.B. 02.02.1908
First Profession: 08.09.1945
Died: 21.07.1973 Aged: 65 years

Baptised Mary Alice, from Rockcorry, Co. Monaghan, Loreto entered MMM in Drogheda on 28 October 1943. She had been a priest's housekeeper before entering and continued as a capable and warm-hearted provider while in MMM. From 1948 - 50, she was assigned to St. Patrick's, Kiltegan, which MMM was helping to staff at the time.

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