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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...

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.

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". 

Nationality: Irish
Congregation Register No: 214
D.O.B. 24.04.1930
First Profession: 06.01.1952
Died: 01.02.1981 Aged: 50 years

Mary Deehan, from Ardmore, Co. Derry, who entered MMM in Drogheda on 3 October 1948, seems to have fitted a lot into her years with MMM. After catering training in Cathal Brugha Street in Dublin, her ministry covered time in both convent and hospital kitchens, the sewing room in Drogheda, and the Apostolic nunciature in Dublin.

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 rifid DevineNationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 302
D.O.B. 10.03.1920
First Profession: 01.06.1954
Died: 13.09.1990 Aged: 70 years

Brigid, known in MMM for many years as Sr. M. Phelim, was from Laragh in Co. Cavan. She entered in Drogheda on 3 October 1951. Her ministry overseas was in Nigeria from 1958 to 1966, in Anua and Ibadan. She then returned to Drogheda.

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.

sr_pat_ann_devineNationality:  British
Congregational Register No. 291
D.O.B.:  03.02.1919
First Profession:  01.06.1954
Died:   07.02.2010     Aged: 91 years

Charlotte Eliza Devine was born the second of three sisters in Dundee, Scotland.  She disliked her given names and called herself Carol. She trained at Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland, and became a registered nurse/midwife, going on to obtain her health visitor certificate in 1948.

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.

Nationality: Irish
Congregational Register No: 33
D.O.B. 14.06.1916
First Profession: 02.07.1943
Died: 27.07.1989 Aged: 73 years

There were quite a few Nigerian Sisters in Beechgrove, Drogheda, when news came of Sr. Camillus' death in Afikpo, Nigeria. Their participation in the Mass offered for her in Drogheda was fine testimony in itself to the love and respect that they felt for her. But then Sr. Camillus had laboured for so many years in Afikpo.

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