Medical Mission Sisters are women full of passion…for wholeness, for justice, for life. Like our Foundress, Anna Dengel, M.D., “it eats us up” when individuals and communities are denied the resources and opportunities they need to live as human beings. It moves us to the core of our being when and where people are made poor, are oppressed or are overwhelmed with a sense of powerlessness.
In our broken, wounded world, Medical Mission Sisters are called to live as a healing presence. We try to bring about a world where all live in harmony and where no one is in want. We try to live as Jesus lived, with care and compassion for all.
A Community of dedicated women with almost 550 Canonical members and 100 Associates, we share life and our own unique expertise with women, children and men on five continents today. We enter into their lives as partners, as peers, as friends. We work together with them to build one world, and be one world, where the gifts of all people, all cultures, all creation are affirmed and celebrated.
The large willow
That grows close
To the old Spring House
Is so big,
Two people cannot reach around it.
It looks quite dead.
A few feet from the trunk
The Spring surfaces,
Under a root.
The power of the water
Lives in that willow.
Out of those dead branches
Thousands of shoots,
Leafy and green
The Earth Power
Is there for us,
Under our feet.
It is for us-
As it is for the willow-
— Sister Estelle Demers, MMS
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Medical Mission Sister Biya Joseph Chathamkottu shares, “I am passionate about three things: care of the environment, improving relationships in families, and the quest for God.”
A native of Kerala, South India, Sister Biya entered the Medical Mission Sisters in 1995. She made her First Vows in 1997 and Final Vows in 2003.
Through MMS, Sister Biya discovered a passion for cultural exchange, reflecting that learning more about another person’s culture helps her to better understand her own. In recent years, she was involved in youth ministry in North East India, counseling among health workers and addiction programs, in prison ministry and peace movements.
Today Sister Biya is in mission in the town of Nedumkandam, located in her native Kerala. There, farmers face long-standing cultural stigma even though agriculture remains India’s largest source of employment. By organizing farmers into unions and promoting products made with locally-grown Jackfruit, Sister Biya hopes to help them to gain control over their products.
To better-educate the public about Jackfruit, Sister Biya helped MMS in Nedumkandam organize a festival. She recalls that, “The fest brought unity and cooperation within the farmers’ groups. Different groups from different villages gathered together, planned together and made arrangements for preparing their products. It was a collaborative effort that boosted spirits and prompted some to become more active.”
Music & Publications
“A New Day Dawns” is the most recent release of a Five-Volume “Sacred Folk Music Project” featuring Sister Miriam Therese Winter’s songs. These have been produced by Dan Paulos, Director of St. Bernadette Institute of Sacred Art in Albuquerque. The music is interpreted and sung by a variety of well-known artists, as well as Medical Mission Sisters. You can order the three CDs, “Loving You,” “Breath of the Spirit” and “A New Day Dawns,” at http://hartsem.edu/WLI/music.html .
Other Music by Sister Miriam Therese:
“Joy is Like the Rain”; “Gold, Incense and Myrrh”; “Seasons” and other CDs of Sister Miriam Therese’s music are also available at the above website address. When you buy the CD you will also receive a song sheet as part of your purchase.
Books by Sister Miriam Therese:
Researched and written by Sister Miriam Therese Winter, “If You Love” weaves little known facts into a beautiful story about Mother Dengel’s early life in the Austrian Tyrol and her work as the only doctor at a hospital in North India in the early 1920s that led her to found our Community in 1925. Released in November 2016, “If You Love” can be purchased at bookstore.authorhouse.com, at amazon.com or on other online bookstores.
Sister Miriam Therese Winter’s The Singer & the Song: An Autobiography of the Spirit, narrated in audio-book form by famous singer/songwriter Janis Ian, can be purchased through http://www.hartsem.edu/WLI/music.html MP3 CD downloads are available through www.amazon.com
Other Sister Miriam Therese Winter books, including Paradoxology: Spirituality in a Quantum Universe and eucharist with a small “e” are available at http://www.hartsem.edu/WLI/books.html
Books by Medical Mission Sisters:
Sales from Moving Cloud Flowing Water, Sister Yumiko Nobue’s beautiful photo book of the life and diverse cultures of the people of Northeast India, will benefit the education of the area’s children. This coffee table book includes 145 photographic memories of a land where 17 of our Sisters are in mission. Contact email@example.com for the book price and handling costs.
At Home in Many Worlds, A Memoir by Sister Jane Fell. Her missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Uganda and the U.S. are recalled and illustrated. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for price and postage or purchase the e-book at www.smashwords.com
Encountering Other Faiths by Sister Maria Hornung, a guide to better interfaith dialogue, is available through Paulist Press.
Our Journey with the Real Church: Faith in the Last Frontier by Sister Joan Barina, MMS, and Sister Joyce Ross, RSM. Both Sisters served as religious educators and pastoral ministers on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula for over 25 years. This book can be purchased through www.amazon.com
Medical Mission Sisters are an organization of Roman Catholic Sisters and designated as a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable organization by the IRS