Society News

World AIDS Day Observed

Our Sisters and Associates around the world joined with others in marking World AIDS Day on December 1. In so many areas of the world we have born witness to the pandemic’s devastating impact since the 1980s. We rejoice at new prevention methods and more effective treatment, even as we advocate for health care for all, so each woman, man and child will have access to a better quality of life.

Medical Mission Sisters recognized for their pioneering spirit
Medical Mission Sister Shahnez

In an analysis of the historic role of midwives in safeguarding healthy births, Global Sisters Report noted the contributions Medical Mission Sisters have made to the field. In 1944, MMS opened the Catholic Maternity Institute in Santa Fe, California, training nurse midwives and attending local indigenous birthing mothers for more than 20 years. Today, our sisters continue to heed the call, in some cases providing life-saving care to mothers in remote regions of the world.

International Day of Peace

Our founding Mother, Dr. Anna Dengel, often reminded our Sisters that "we must never be afraid to change if it is needed." We are reminded of her words today, on the 35th International Day of Peace, as the United Nations urges us to think of the "more than 65 million people forced to flee their homes" as refugees. The circumstances forcing them to flee are manifold, and now an increasing number must escape the effects of climate change.

Sister Karin Knoeting counsels refugees from countries including Syria, Afghanistan and Ethiopia on Germany's healthcare system.