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Sister Marie Schmids

Sister Marie is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and 80 Associates in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

A native of Philadelphia, Sister Marie attended Monroe Township Grammar School and Little Flower High School. She remembers at age 12, wondering if she would be a missionary in a foreign country. She reflects, “Perhaps that is where the God quest began for me.”

After joining our Community, Sister Marie attended Trinity College in Washington, D.C., and became certified as a medical technologist at Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia. She was missioned to Holy Family Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, in 1955. She served there for a total of 13 years in a number of leadership positions. She also served in Dacca for 5 years.

“My wonderful life experiences overseas, a truly life-giving community, and a variety of careers have all been part of my learning,” she shares.

Sister Marie returned to the U.S. in 1974, and began ministry in the South. She was involved with a primary health care/community development project in Wallace, North Carolina, and earned her B.A. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina in 1977. She worked with the Diocese of Savannah in St. Mary’s, Georgia, and in Fernandina Beach, Florida.

In 1980, Sister Marie spent several months in Thailand, aiding Cambodian refugees. From 1982 to 1988, she ministered in a number of departments at our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia. She then relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she helped to manage a shelter for single women, and served as our membership discernment coordinator.

Sister Marie worked for a dozen years in New Port Richey, Florida, in the Connections Job Development Program begun by Sister Joan Foley. “Almost all applications for employment require some basic computer skills…to be part of my students’ enthusiasm and appreciation of their new computer skills was fulfilling and exciting.”

Sister Marie returned to the Philadelphia area last year and is currently serving as our Membership Coordinator. She shares, “So many people, events, books, workshops, and ‘learnings’ have brought me to where I am today…the longer I travel my unique road as a Medical Mission Sister, the more grateful I am.”

May 15, 2011