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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.

The Heart of Life Keeps Beating

The crisis in Venezuela is very real for our Community members in mission there. “In the midst of all the tensions and uncertainties, the heart of life keeps beating,” shares our Sister Maigualida Riera in Barquisimeto.