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.
Rend Your Heart: A Blessing for Ash Wednesday
To receive this blessing, It could take you days
all you have to do to wander these rooms.
is let your heart break. Forty, at least.
Let it crack open. And so let this be
Let it fall apart a season for wandering,
so that you can see for trusting the breaking,
its secret chambers, that will return you
the hidden spaces
where you have hesitated to the One who waits,
to go. who watches,
who works within
Your entire life the rending
is here, inscribed whole to make your heart
upon your heart’s walls: whole.
every path taken —Jan Richardson
or left behind,
every face you turned toward
or turned away,
every word spoken in love
or in rage,
every line of your life
you would prefer to leave
every story that shimmers
with treasures known
and those you have yet
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At an early age, Sister Pauline Sadiq’s father showed her the importance of being interconnected with the Earth. The eldest of seven children raised in Sindh, Pakistan, she spent her early childhood crawling around in clay, playing with it and using it to make toys. Her father was a farmer, and he brought home fresh vegetables for supper each day. She loved the way that he always walked barefoot across the Earth, soaking up its positive energy.
“This energy made him gracious and a peaceful person,” Sister Pauline recalls. “I am proud to be the daughter of a farmer.”
Entering the Medical Mission Sisters in 1992, Sister Pauline made her Final Profession of Vows in 2002 after training as a nurse-midwife at Holy Family Hospital in Karachi. For ten years, she served in our dispensary in Faisalabad and helped to found the Lahore Community in Pakistan. In addition to serving as formation director, she regularly visits the “bonded” workers forced to work in the brick kiln to pay off family debts.
Sister Pauline shares: “I am challenged to be a voice of the voiceless. I need to trust myself and believe that I am God’s beautiful daughter. God is dwelling in me and is my co-journeyer. Then I will become the voice of the voiceless.”
Medical Mission Sisters are pleased to announce the recent release of the third CD 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.
Books by Medical Mission Sisters:
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
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