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.

Medical Mission Sisters Presence in Venezuela

In the middle of all the things that are happening… WE ARE THERE.   We continue to see how we can remain present to others as MMS. We are conscious that we have so much become part of the comings and goings of the poor and the deprived.

MMS participate in the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Two Medical Mission Sisters, Celine Paramundayil and Katherine Baltazar attended the 18th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues which were held on 22nd April 2019 in New York.

Medical Mission Sister speaks at the UN

As part of the United Nations’ 63rd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), Medical Mission Sister Miriam Therese Winter co-led a session with Dr. Azza Karam titled “Transformative Spirituality: Living in and Through the Spirit, “ in which they spoke about the need for a “shift in consciousness to a more inclusive way of being in the world.” 

MMS new Mission in East Africa to promote Permaculture

In responding to the needs of mother earth and the needs of the area for the newly opened mission in the Eastern region of Uganda, Tororo, the Medical Mission sisters hosted three members from the Permaculture Research Institute of Uganda for a five-day training in permaculture.

Health care services for refugees in Indonesia, Jakarta

Just like in many other countries, there is an increasing number of refugees entering in Indonesia who are fleeing from their countries because of conflict, war, poverty, natural disasters and other reasons.  

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