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2015 Spring Jubilarians

45Medical Mission Sisters share the joy of 23 of our Sisters who mark special milestones this February and March. Thirteen celebrate their 60th anniversaries of Profession of First Vows, two Sisters mark their 50th anniversaries and eight mark 25 years since they made their First Professions. From North America, India, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Africa, North and South India, England, and Italy, these Medical Mission Sisters together have served over 1,000 years among those in need.

Caption: We congratulate our 23 Sisters around the world who mark their Jubilees this Spring.

International Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Human Trafficking

dagmarMoMOct1Medical Mission Sisters join many others around the world in marking the first-ever “International Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking.”  To be held February 8, it has been set by Pope Francis as a day to mobilize attention, reflection and action on a growing evil in our world.  A number of our Sisters are actively involved in raising awareness of and responding to the needs of those who are among the 36 million persons being trafficked today.  Among them is Sister Dagmar Plum, pictured here, with individuals in Europe who have fled trafficking situations.

Caption: Pope Francis has said about human trafficking, “In order to eliminate it, we need a mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself.”

Sister Phyllis Backer

IMG_2360_edited-1Sister Phyllis Backer was born in Ferdinand, Indiana, in 1931. Before entering the Medical Mission Sisters in 1955, she received her R.N. from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Evansville, Indiana. Her first mission was as supervisor of the Pediatric Department of St. Vincent Hospital in Philadelphia. She then began what became 27 years of service to the sick in Pakistan as a nurse-midwife, director of nursing service and community health team member in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Mirpurkhas. In between her Pakistan assignments, Sister Phyllis earned her BSN from St. Louis University and participated in a midwifery refresher course. When she returned to the U.S. in 1987, Sister moved to Baltimore, MD. There she was a member of our formation team and worked as a respite nurse. She co-founded “Anna Center,” a respite care center for sick, homeless women in Washington, DC. When it closed, she worked as a nurse in Baltimore before returning to Philadelphia in 2000. For the past 14 years, Sister Phyllis has been our dedicated and loving Residential Care Coordinator for our Sisters in Philadelphia who need skilled nursing care.

Sister MT Winter Directs New Master of Arts Program

Copy of BEC_2968Medical Mission Sisters’ Miriam Therese Winter is pioneering and directing a Master of Arts Degree in Transformative Leadership and Spirituality at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, Connecticut. The 36-credit program is designed to train students for leadership roles in corporate, government and non-profit organizations. Sister Miriam Therese, Professor of Liturgy, Worship, Spirituality and Feminist Studies at Hartford Seminary, says, “I continue to encounter religiously unaffiliated women and men within various faith traditions who are seeking a deeper understanding of the Divine and want to contribute more effectively to peace and cross-cultural harmony in our tumultuous times.”

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Sister Marielena Ridad

Ridad_MarielenaSister Marielena Ridad was born on the island of Negros in the Philippines in 1939. She earned a B.S. in Administration before she entered our Community in 1961. Her first assignment was to Germany to assist with the preparation of projects for international funding agencies. She soon returned to the Philippines and helped with vocation promotion work. Sister Marielena then began a decades-long journey with the people of Venezuela that continues today. She served at Hospital Coromoto in Maracaibo for several years. After it closed, she began living and working in the barrio. She helped form a Christian Communities Cooperative and a Center for the Socio-Political Formation. She also helped organize the first group of Medical Mission Sisters Associates in Venezuela. Sister Marielena has served as Sector Coordinator of Latin America and as a Chapter Delegate. She joyfully celebrated her Golden Jubilee last year among the people who claim her heart.

Reopening Mission in Malawi

scan0006Medical Mission Sisters are reopening a mission in Malawi in early 2015. Our first healing presence in the nation, begun in 1959, extended over almost 50 years. Three of our Sisters from Malawi and one from Kenya will now be in mission in partnership with two other Congregations—in Nguludi Catholic Hospital and at the Catholic University; both in the Diocese of Blantyre. We wish them all the best!

Caption: Medical Mission Sister Lilia Conol, who passed away in 2010, was instrumental in involving Malawian communities in assisting AIDS orphans during her many years in mission in the country.