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.

Attat Hospital Celebrates 50 Years

Medical Mission Sisters have been responding to the needs of the local people in Attat, Ethiopia, for 50 years.  Attat Hospital and its extensive integrated health services cover a population of 800,000 people. In addition to in-patient care, women’s groups, water and sanitation activities, village first-aid stations and leadership training are offered.  Attat Hospital also is a center for HIV/AIDS therapy, counseling and testing, and provides home-based care for persons living with AIDS.

Providing a restorative opportunity to those struggling with addiction

June 27, 30 years ago, Medical Mission Sister, Margaret McKenna and a colleague purchased a broken-down shell of a house in North Philly, with the vision of providing a restorative opportunity to those struggling with addiction. Three decades later the program, New Jerusalem, has five buildings that house 20-25 recovering addicts, men and women who find success through the holistic community-focused model.


Eco-Spirituality Retreat

Medical Mission Sisters in Unit East Africa had a wonderful retreat on Eco-Spirituality from in May 2019 which was conducted by Elly Verrijt, MMS a recognized international workshop and retreat leader in Ecological Spirituality and Awareness from Unit Netherlands. Elly first gave a retreat to the postulants and Benedictine Nuns in Tororo, Uganda, then to the sisters at Namugongo Retreat Center, Kampla, Uganda. She then proceeded to Nairobi, Kenya to give the same retreat to the MMS novices and sisters in Kenya.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day, June 5, is recognized annually around the world as the “people’s day” to contribute to the care of the Earth. This is an issue very close to the heart of our Sisters and Associates, who honor the inherent interconnectedness of all life.

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.