Celebrating 300 Years in Mission

The six Medical Mission Sisters from North America who are celebrating Golden Jubilees in 2011 represent a combined 300 years in mission.

On June 5th, we are honoring six Medical Mission Sisters from North America who are marking the 50th anniversary of their First Profession of Vows in 2011. A Mass and reception is being held at our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia in recognition of these Sisters’ service:

A native of New Brunswick, Canada, Sister Jacinta Conlon served in Mandar, Mumbai and New Delhi, India, as a midwife and staff nurse, and in administrative and supportive positions. From 1975 to 1985, she worked in public health, social service and care of the elderly in Ottawa; cared for our Foundress, Mother Anna Dengel, in Rome; and helped take care of our elderly Sisters in Philadelphia. She then moved to Florida for 15 years, where she offered assistance to the elderly, the chronically ill, and the disabled in St. Petersburg, and was a hospice volunteer and senior companion in Tampa. She has lived in Philadelphia for 11 years, and volunteers in our Development Office.

Sister Anne-Marie Desroches, who grew up in Syracuse, NY, did nursing work at Holy Family Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, and with Frontier Nursing Service in Hyden, Kentucky. She served as a nurse practitioner in the Greene Family Health Center in rural Standardsville, Virginia. After moving to Boston in 1984, Sister Anne-Marie became involved in caring for persons with HIV/AIDS. She worked as the nurse practitioner at the Addiction Treatment Center of New England, an outpatient methadone clinic in Brighton, MA, for 13 years. She is now retired in Boston.

Sister Mary Grace (Kenne) Froehlich, from Johnstown, PA, has managed our print shop, post office, and maintenance office. A professional photographer, she has traveled around the world recording visual images of our ministries. She spent six years doing volunteer work with the International Red Cross, and helping refugees near the Thailand-Cambodia border. After moving to the Southwest in the 1980s, Sister Kenne became a physical therapy assistant. She worked for six years at Memorial Medical Center Hospital in Las Cruces and at Alliance Care of Texas, El Paso. Since 2000, she has been doing pulmonary rehabilitation with lung disease sufferers at the Atrium Physical Therapy in Las Cruces, NM.

An obstetrician/gynecologist, Sister-Doctor Myrtle Keller grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. She was in mission for 17 years in Africa, in Uganda, Tanzania, and Milawi. When she returned to the U.S. in 1988, she settled in Las Cruces, NM. There she helped to open the First Step Women’s Health Clinic for low-income women, where she served as an obstetrician for 11 years. She also worked at the nearby Memorial Medical Center. Sister Myrt then moved to Chula Vista, California, to work as a rehab and health care coordinator. Retired from active medical practice, she is involved in administration within our Community, and in a variety of volunteer positions.

Sister Mary Em McGlone, who grew up in Drexel Hill, PA, served as a nurse-midwife and nursing supervisor in Uganda, and as a staff nurse at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C. In the 1970s, she worked in a variety of administrative positions for our Community. After learning about “Touch for Health” she became a holistic health educator. She founded the Center for Human Integration (CHI) in 1981 in Philadelphia, and served as its director for many years. In 2000, CHI was licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to offer a program in Integrative Body/Mind Therapies leading to a diploma. Sister Mary Em currently lives in Philadelphia, where she is engaged in creative healing arts.

Sister Lorraine Ryan, who was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, has degrees in medical records science, nursing, midwifery, and public health. Sister Lorraine spent 15 years in India, where she coordinated hospital education and outpatient services; taught nursing; helped train village health promoters in a tribal area; and supervised the ministries of over 100 Sisters. Returning to the U.S. in the mid-1980s, Sister Lorraine worked as a staff nurse with chemically dependent patients. In 1999, she co-founded Women’s Circle in Boynton Beach, FL, to help lower income women achieve financial stability by providing assistance with education and job development. She continues in this ministry today.

June 1, 2011