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.
Blessing the Way
By Jan Richardson
With every step Look closer
you take, and you will see
this blessing rises up this blessing
to meet you. is not finished,
It has been waiting that you are part
long ages for you. of the path
Look close that you are how
and you can see this blessing means
the layers of it, to be a voice
how it has been fashioned within the wilderness
by those who walked and a welcome
this road before you, for the way.
how it has been created
of nothing but
and their dreaming,
how it has taken
from an ancient hope
that drew them forward
and made a way for them
when no way could be
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It was perhaps by chance that Associate Kathy Powers noticed the small ad for a housekeeper tucked away on the bulletin board at St. Timothy’s Church, nearly covered by other notices. Her eyes zeroed in on the words “Medical Mission Sisters (MMS).”
For Kathy, the ad couldn’t have come at a better time. In addition to working full time at ACME, she had cared for her father as he battled cardiovascular disease from 1987 until his death in 1999. When he died, she wondered what was next.
Arriving for her interview, Kathy watched as the Sisters made their way out of Mass – she knew in her heart that she was in the right place. The next 14 years would be transformative. “Through the years of my coming to know the Sisters personally, the ‘fire and flame’ in them has been ignited in me as well,” she said.
Kathy, who now also serves in the post office in our administration building, made her first Associate commitment in October 2017. She also is a healing presence to Sisters and other residents at Immaculate Mary Home.
Kathy shares, “Because of MMS, I’m more open-minded and approachable. I’ve learned to listen without judging, to not give advice when it’s not needed. MMS has given me purpose.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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