​New Leadership Team in North America

Serving in leadership is one of hundreds of ways in which Medical Mission Sisters and our Associates around the world try to be a healing presence to others today.

Sisters Maria Hornung, Rose Kershbaumer, and Suzanne Maschek begin their service to our Community as our new leadership team in Sector North America (SNA) on January 1, 2012. We welcome them warmly and also sincerely thank Sisters Rosemary Ryan and Frankie Vaughan, who have finished their terms in office.

Sister Maria Hornung, our new SNA Coordinator for Mission and Membership, is a native of New Orleans. She previously served as Sector Coordinator of North America and also of Africa. In the latter Sector, she worked for 25 years as a pharmacist, educator, and in other ministries. The author of “Encountering Other Faiths,” by Paulist Press, she has been Coordinator of Interfaith Education at the Interfaith Center of Philadelphia. In addition, she has been serving as our Lifewright Coordinator, offering retreat and renewal programs to our Sisters..

Entering her second term as SNA Coordinator for Life and Community, Sister Rose Kershbaumer is from Hazleton, Pennsylvania. She also was in mission for over 25 years in Africa. She worked with the World Health Organization, and was a nurse-midwife educator consultant for many groups, including the Peace Corps and the Rockefeller Foundation. After she returned to the U.S., she served on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing for over a decade.

Sister Suzanne Maschek, a native of St. Louis, is our new SNA Coordinator for Intrasociety Collaboration. A physical therapist by profession, she served in Ghana for almost 25 years, and was District Coordinator of West Africa. She then spent several years based in Philadelphia, assisting Sisters from around the world with sabbatical and continuing education experiences. For six years, she served as Secretary for our worldwide General Assembly. From 2004 to 2010, she lived and worked in London as Assistant Society Coordinator for our global Community.

We ask God to bless these three Sisters as they begin their leadership work together.

January 1, 2012