Our Society Coordinator, Sister Irene Fernandez, has been involved in a variety of healing ministries since she became a Medical Mission Sister (MMS). Born in Kerala, India, she grew up in Singapore, and learned about MMS through a vocation leaflet her sister was using as a bookmark in an Agatha Christie novel. She entered our Community in India in 1972, and made her First Vows in 1974. She first worked in the community health department in Mandar, India, and in various positions at Holy Family Hospital, Mandar. Sister Irene shares, “Healing as a way of life, a way to wholeness and fullness of life, was from the depths of my heart a personal call and a commission.”
Upon moving to Germany in 1980, she worked with youth and refugees, and was also responsible for our district finances for seven years. Sister Irene then studied pastoral counseling in Chicago, Illinois, where she earned a Master’s degree. She returned to North India and became involved in formation and finance work. Additionally, she served in several leadership positions for our Community in North India, and also as our Sector Coordinator for Asia.
Sister Irene was Coordinator of our Holistic Health Center in Pune for several years, a valuable ministry that helps people of little or no financial means experience what health and wholeness can mean. In her passion for making a difference in the lives of others, she initiated the partnership venture at Kurji Holy Family Hospital Patna in which Medical Mission Sisters and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth together oversee health care services. The Archbishop of Patna applauded this partnership as a “first of its kind” which many other Congregations are now following. Sister Irene lives at our International Headquarters in London.