Society News

Associates make their commitment

In a joyful liturgical celebration, Nine Medical Mission Associates in Unit North America made their commitment on Sunday, May 6, 2018. Associate Bonnie Templeton made her first commitment while associate Peg Pfaff made her life time commitment. Seven of the nine associates renewed their commitment for five years; Loretta Cody, Karol Feld, Fran Pelham, Phil Pryjma, Jane Jones, Ray Mattern and Rita Maute.

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.

Celebrating 50 Years of Healing Presence as a Medical Mission Sister

50 years ago, Sister Speciosa Babikinamu made her First Profession of Vows and became the first Medical Mission Sister from Africa. A trained nurse and midwife, she has worked in multiple MMS hospitals, in addition to founding the Traditional Birth Attendant Program in Kasanga (which was adapted by the Ugandan Government!). She advises younger MMS: “do not spend your youthful years trying to decide. Do not be afraid of mistakes.

70 Years of healing presence in Ghana

Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) have been a healing presence in Ghana for 70 years! At a December 18th celebration of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the MMS Holy Family Hospital (HFH), Sr. Dr. Fernande Pelletier received an award from the Bishop of Sunyani Diocese, Matthew Kwesi Gyamfi for her presence and service in Ghana.

Sr. Dr. Simone Herrmann - Medical Mission Sister

Read the full interview with Medical Mission Sister Simone Herrmann who works as an emergency physician in a busy inner city and who is also member of the international MMS community of younger sisters in London

https://www.corew.org/news/2018/11/13/dr-simone-amp-sr-simone-life-as-both-an-aampe-doctor-amp-a-nun?fbclid=IwAR2QFlbPHwMRgW_Uf1veIy7KpLqkKc_9e54uIPFYrOAcWU5j3FnpeX9IhtY

Honoring the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Celine Paramundayil, a Medical Mission Sister representative to the UN joined hundreds of people who gathered at the UN on the 19th of November to honor the International day for the elimination of violence against women and girls. Though the UN observed it on this day, Women's rights activists have observed 25 November as a day against gender-based violence since 1981 and in 2000 the UN declared it the International day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Honoring the Veterans
As we honor the Veterans today, there are many people we wish to celebrate. Those who braved the difficult and trying moments for the security and well being of everyone. We honor those who have died and those still living, retired and those still serving. As Medical Mission Sisters, we remember and celebrate our many Veteran Sisters and Associates.
Walk for Creation

Christians around the world united to pray and care for creation from 1st September to 4th October. It was the “Season of Creation,” which was organized by the Global Catholic Climate Movement and it took place from Paris to Pittsburgh, Pretoria to Manila. Participants were religious from different congregations, lay from church organizations and students.

Offering Support in Kerala, South India

Rescue camps have been opened in many places in Kerela, South India, due to the recent flood that affected the area. Now there are 50 camps accommodating about 50,000 people. Medical Mission Sisters in South India are continuing in assisting relief efforts in any way they can. They were able to access emergency funding from the Hilton Fund for Sisters, and went to the camps last week, helping  with the immediate needs of flood survivors, such as purchasing commodes for two paralyzed persons, and offering a healing presence to the families they visited.

Reaching out to flood affected areas

Medical Mission Sisters, Regy Peringarapilly, Dolores Kannampuzha and Mary Joseph Pullattu, visited some of the flood affected families in Kottayam and Alappuzha Districts of Kerala, South India. The sisters’ intention was to assess the situation and needs of people following the heavy downpour that led to flooding in July 2018.

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