Associate Maureen Pryjma’s journey with Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) began when she joined our Society right after high school. Although the New Jersey native “loved the spirituality of the Community,” Maureen left before making Vows. She says, “After almost 50 years, I still miss those two years with MMS that continue to center my spirituality and belief in the goodness of people, and the need to make a difference in their lives and my own.”
After graduating from Cornell University in New York with her BSN, Maureen worked in coronary care. In 1970, Maureen married Phil Pryjma, who recently also became an MMS Associate. The couple has seven children—four biological and three adopted from Vietnam, Korea and Peru.
During the 1980s, Maureen earned her Master’s degree in social work and became the Clinical Director for Eagleton School in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, an all-boys psychotherapeutic residential school. Maureen remained with the school until it closed in 2016.
A life-long commitment to enrich her spirituality led Maureen back to MMS. She attended the Women’s Leadership Institute at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, taught by our Sister Miriam Therese Winter. In 2015, she made her first Associate commitment. Maureen reflects, “I have always been about compassion, but now I see that I am taking the time to nurture my own spirituality and healing.”