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 Sheila was born Julia Cotter in Cork City in 1934. Called ‘Judy’ at home, she came from a family of three girls and two boys. Her mother died when she was a teenager and her father’s sister looked after the family. She completed her secondary education with the Presentation Sisters in Cork and then did a commercial course.

Sheila worked as a cashier, bookkeeper and medical secretary in various sections of Cork County Council before joining MMM in 1962. After profession she trained in laboratory technology in Ireland and England.

Marie Stella CunninghamSister Marie Stella was born in Kinsalebeg, Waterford in 1925 and received her early education in Waterford and Cork. She trained as a nurse in the Mater Hospital, Dublin, before joining the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1951. After profession she trained as a nurse tutor in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was a theatre and casualty sister and was assigned to the nursing school in Drogheda as principal tutor in 1956.

Sister Eilis Weber did her nurse training in the IMTH while Marie Stella was in charge of the school of nursing there. Eilis wrote, ‘She ran the school with fairness and firmness, creating an atmosphere where each one was valued and loved". 

Sr. M. Frances CroninNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 14
D.O.B. 02.06.1906
First Profession: 17.03.1941
Died: 17.01.2000 Aged: 93 years
Sr. M. Frances was the first widow to enter MMM. Her maiden name was Ellen Costelloe and her husband was John P. Cronin. She was married only a few years before becoming a widow in 1937. She entered MMM on 15 August 1938. She had met Mother Mary at a missionary exhibition in Cork during her midwifery training, and that was it!

Sr Anne Curtin MMMSister Anne (Denis) Curtin was born in Dublin, the only daughter of her parents, Catherine and Denis.  She had two brothers, Neil and Denis, who both died before her.  She attended all-Irish schools and was a fluent Gaelic speaker her whole life.  After leaving school she worked in a bank for three years.  She joined MMM in September 1952, taking the religious name of Sister Denis. She reverted to her baptismal name in the 1970’s. After profession, she trained as a nurse in Drogheda and then specialized in ophthalmic nursing in Moorfields Hospital in England.

Sr. M. Senan CrowleyNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 29
D.O.B. 05.06.1919
First Profession: 08.09.1942
Died: 28.03.1978 Aged: 58 years
Eileen, from Co. Clare, was already a partly qualified nurse when she entered on 6 January 1940. She completed her training at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin, after her profession.

Sister Opportuna was born in Bashanet, Tanzania in 1935. She completed her early education in Tanzania and joined the Medical Missionaries of Mary in 1960.
After profession she trained as a nurse-midwife in Drogheda, Ireland and completed a nurses’ course in tropical medicine in London. Her first assignment was to Tanzania, where she first spent three years as a staff nurse in Makiungu, followed by two years as matron. After training in nursing education Sister Opportuna was a nursing tutor in Kabanga Hospital for twelve years.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 231
D.O.B. 16.09.1925
First Profession: 17.03.1952
Died: 24.06.1999 Aged: 73 years

Baptised Kathleen, from Carlow, Sr. Mercedes entered MMM on 15 August 1949. From early years, after her profession in 1952, one might say she entered the diplomatic service.

Sr Gertrude Mary DavisNationality: British
Congregational Register No: 08
D.O.B. 20.09.1912
First Profession: 18.04.1941
Died: 03.01.1996 Aged: 83 years

Gertrude, a Londoner, was our first MMM from England. She entered the then infant congregation on 30 September 1937 and was among the first group of novices in Collon. She had been a member of the Grail beforehand.

Sr. M. Felicity CunninghamNationality: Scottish
Congregational Register No: 288
D.O.B. 17.06.1915
First Profession: 21.12.1953
Died: 06.05.1987 Aged: 72 years

After many years of searching for a spiritual home, which involved exploring Buddhism, the Quakers, the Salvation Army, etc., Mary (Oliver) Cunningham from Duns in Scotland finally found her home in Catholicism and entered MMM in March 1951.

Sr Sally Davis MMMSister Sally was born in Kilteevan, Co. Roscommon, one of a family of six. She attended school locally with the Mercy Sisters and then after school she went to Dublin to train as a nurse in Baggot Street Hospital.  After training she moved to Cherry Orchard Hospital and had a position of responsibility there.  But the missionary instinct must have come early for Sr. Sally as in 1965 she went to Nigeria as a lay volunteer in Urua Akpan hospital.   Here she met MMM and it changed the direction of her life.

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