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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 over 500 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.
Sister Dorothy Bilung discovered her “healing hands” early in life, when she generously shared her healing touch with loved ones, rubbing oils into her mother’s cracked feet and offering massages. In 1989, her passion for healing led her to join the Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) in North India’s Mandar community, where she was trained in nursing at Holy Family Hospital (HFH). She later studied midwifery at HFH in Kurji, a village in the Northeast Indian city of Patna, Bihar. She continued to work in Kurji until 1998, when she began working in a dispensary in the Kasiyadih Village in nearby Jharkhand. She recalls that “I felt within me and among us, God’s presence and guiding hand.”
Soon after accompanying village doctors to collect herbal plants that were used to treat those suffering from illnesses including malaria, diarrhea and viral fever, she went to Pune, Maharashtra. There she attended a holistic health program and worked in an acupuncture clinic. She later returned to HFH in Mandar, where she worked in the hospital’s herbal, acupressure and massage department. Today, she serves as assistant coordinator in Mandar’s Ashadeep community, and her work includes caring for MMS who are ill.
She shares, “As MMS we have been gifted to integrate many systems of medicine. There is much healing power in the universe and in nature and in ourselves which we must tap. God heals using our hands.”
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