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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: 300
D.O.B. 20.10.1920
First Profession: 01.06.1954
Died: 01.06.2008 Aged: 87 years

Anne Bridget Joan Clifton was born in Naas, Co Kildare and was brought up in Killester, Dublin, where she attended the Holy Faith Convent.  She later attended Marino and Dun Laoghaire Technical Schools.  She had one brother and two sisters, one of whom emigrated to Australia.

Sister Carmel was born Rita Philomena Cooke in Dublin in 1923, part of a family of eight boys and two girls. She attended her early education with the Holy Faith and Dominican Sisters and trained in bookkeeping and typing. She worked as a secretary for two years before joining MMM in 1943.

After profession she worked in the x-ray department and outpatients in the International Missionary Training Hospital (now Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital) in Drogheda for five years. She began nurse training but discontinued after a time of ill health.

Sr Anne Elizabeth Comaskey 001Sister Anne Elizabeth was born in Cloncovid, Co. Longford in 1924. One of eleven children, she received her early education in Longford. After completing studies in domestic economy she joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1946.

Her first assignment was to Nigeria in 1949, where she was initially involved in housekeeping. She later opened two MMM missions in Nigeria, in Urua Akpan and Use Abat.

Returning to Ireland, she guided young women in their early days in MMM in Clonmel and then spent sixteen years in Airmount Hospital, Waterford.

Congregational Register No. 28
D.O.B. 01.06.1916
First Profession 08.09.1942
Died: 24.02.2005
Aged: 85 years

Mary Margaret Corcoran was raised in Carraroe, Lanesboro, Co. Longford. She was introduced to MMM by Fr. Kieran Ryan, one of the volunteers who answered Bishop Shanahan's call to go to Nigeria during the 1930's. She joined MMM in 1939.  By the time she began her general nurse training at St. Vincent's Hospital, Dublin in 1941, Sr. Damien was an 'old hand' in MMM.

Sister Marie was born in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, a mining area near Manchester, England in 1914. She had one brother and one sister.

Marie entered MMM at a time when choices for women were very limited.  When she started her education, career options for girls were nursing or teaching.

She won a scholarship to secondary school and got into Saint Charles Training College in London, obtaining a teaching certificate. She became a primary school teacher and taught in Birmingham while applying for jobs nearer home so she could help her family. She taught for eight years, from the very young to fourteen-year-olds.

Nationality: British
Congregational Register No: 271
D.O.B. 03.06.1924
First Profession: 06.04.1953
Died: 28.10.1990 Aged: 66 years  
Baptised Patricia, Sr. Imelda was from York in England and entered MMM on 3 October 1950. Her gifts lay in the secretarial field, and she worked for many years in Nigeria, mainly in Abakaliki and Lagos. She did Montessori training and taught young children in Lagos.  She is remembered as being warm-hearted and gentle, with a good sense of humour.

sr m anthony connolly

Nationality: Irish
Congregation Register No: 60
D.O.B. 29.12.1912
First Profession: 17.03.1944
Died:10.04.1968 Aged: 55 years
Mary Connolly, from near Bantry, Co. Cork, entered MMM on 15 August 1941. She had been employed as a cheese maker in the creamery in Milford, Co. Cork, when she came in contact with MMM. Following profession, she qualified in domestic science in Sion Hill, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Sr. M. Cornelia CostelloNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 479
D.O.B. 20.03.1931
First Profession: 06.05.1961
Died: 02.08.1984 Aged: 53 years
Mary Enda Teresa Costello entered MMM at Clonmel on 8 September 1958. Although she was originally from Kerry, she had lived most of her life in Dublin.  A qualified teacher at the time of her entrance, she gave invaluable service to MMM in the early years following Vatican II, in formation ministry.

Sr Teresa Connolly MMMSister Teresa Connolly (Aloysius) was born in 1920 in Portlaoise, Co. Laois, Ireland, but grew up in Castlerea, Co. Roscommon. Her parents were Bridget (née Kelly) and John Connolly and she was one of a family of six, four girls and two boys. Before joining MMM she worked as a legal secretary in Dublin for two years.

She joined MMM in 1941 when the Congregation was not yet four years old. She had her initial religious formation in Rosemount, Dublin, the only house owned by MMM at that time.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 463
D.O.B. 15.03.1901
First Profession: 26.04.1960
Died: 10.12.1974 Aged: 73 years

Cecilia Costelloe, from Cork and Dublin, was a well-qualified and experienced nurse when she entered on 3 October 1957. She had been matron in the Carmelite Boys' College in Terenure, and they much regretted her leaving.

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