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 zita twomeyNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 200
D.O.B.   11.04.1925
First Profession: 08.09.1950
Died: 13.09.2008  Aged: 83 years

Mary (Minnie to her family) Twomey came from an Irish-speaking farming family in Macroon, Co. Cork. She had two brothers and one sister.  She worked in a hotel in Cork before entering MMM in 1948, when she took the name Sr. Mary Zita.

Sr. M. Florence WalsheNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No. 706
D.O.B. 12.03.1920
First Profession 03.04.1967
Died: 10.11.01 Aged: 81 years

Born in Ballina, Co. Mayo, Sr. Florence Walshe came from a family of eight children. The family moved to Fenagh, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, while she was a child and this she regarded as home. Her father died when she was only 17, and Florence dedicated many of her early years to supporting the family. She took several jobs near home, but later went to the USA, where she trained in child care, geriatrics and convalescent care. She worked for several years as a companion to two elderly ladies.

Sr Julie UrbanSister Julie was born Anita Urban in Medford, MA, USA in 1927. She had a twin sister, Anna. Her mother was from Florence, Italy and her father was from Yugoslavia (now Montenegro).  Her parents met and married in the USA and made their home in Medford, MA. Julie also had a brother, John, and two more sisters, Elizabeth and Irene. All preceded Julie into eternal life.  

sr m zelie walsheNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 202
D.O.B.: 21.12.1891
First Profession: 08.09.1951
Died: 11.07.1963 Aged: 72 years

At the age of 57 and widowed, few of us would think of giving the rest of our lives to missionary activity, especially if we had a family of eight: sons, daughters and grandchildren. But Mrs. Ellen Walshe, with an address of Kinlough, Co. Leitrim, came willingly to MMM on 4  May 1948, entering in Rosemount.


 sister cora wall mmm 001

Sister Cora Wall was born Margaret Mary Wall in Lissarda, Co. Cork in 1922. She received her early education in Kilmurry and Macroom and joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1949.

After initial formation she completed a diploma in social science in University College Dublin (UCD).

Sr Ann Ward MMMSister Ann was born in Lifford, Co. Donegal in 1929, the youngest of three children. She attended her early education in Donegal, Dublin and Monaghan and joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1947. After profession she studied medicine in University College Dublin and obtained a Master of Obstetrics from the National Maternity Hospital.

Her first assignment was to Anua, Nigeria in 1959 and she served there for six years, with two years in charge of the maternity and gynaecology units. She then completed postgraduate studies at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, obtaining an MRCOG in 1968. She later obtained an FMCOG (Nigeria), an FRCOG, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 1997.

sister eithne walsh mmm

Sr. Eithne was born in Dublin in 1934, the only girl in a family of five. She received her early education there and later studied household management in Cathal Brugha Street. She then went to Jersey, where she qualified as a state registered nurse (SRN) and to Edinburgh where she did her midwifery training. She joined MMM in 1961.

Sr Edel Weir MMMSr. Edel was born in Walshestown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in 1932. She attended a local primary school and completed her secondary education at the Dominican Convent, Muckross Park, Dublin. She was a Montessori teacher at Muckross Park and Sion Hill for a year. A friend joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary and in 1951, Edel decided she would do the same.

Brigid Walsh was born in Kilkenny in April 1922 and took the name Sister Annette after she joined MMM in 1955. She trained as a radiographer. She soon made use of her talents in Tanzania, where she was assigned in 1963. She spent five years there in Makiungu and Dareda. After serving for a year in Mzuzu, Malawi, in 1971 she  returned to Tanzania for a further two years, this time in Kabanga.

Sr. M. Petria WhelanNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 242
D.O.B. 26.03.1928
First Profession: 07.09.1952
Died: 16.03.2000 Aged: 71 years

Born in Dublin and baptized Patricia, Sr. Petria had been working in a bank before she came to MMM on 3 October 1949.

She studied medicine in University College Dublin, taking first place in her final examinations. Medicine was to be her life's work until she became unable to continue in 1992 because of failing health.

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