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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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. 

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.

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.

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