Medical Mission Sisters and Associates in North America have identified the following as our mission priorities: refugees, immigrants, those trafficked, migrants, those currently incarcerated and returning citizens (formerly incarcerated) and Native Americans.
We are currently active in the Kensington and Fox Chase neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Connecticut and Arizona.
Our international presence is in 17 countries on five continents:
Africa. The Sisters in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Malawi continue to work in health programs, both hospital and community-based, education, farming as well as involvements in justice and peace, relief of poverty, issues related to orphans and vulnerable children, empowerment of women, human trafficking, inter-faith relationships and care for the environment.
Asia. Grass-roots and community development, targeting water, energy, food security and sovereignty, as well as ministries in hospitals and holistic health centers are the focus of our Sisters in 13 different States of India, in North, NorthEast and South India. Environmental justice issues like deforestation and mining have a high priority as well as gender justice for women and girls, human trafficking and education.
East Asia. In the Philippines, Sisters and Associates are dedicated to the care of the earth, and indigenous people's education and rights. Pakistani Sisters provide medical, educational and social support to the community of brick-kiln workers in bonded labor known as modern-day slaves. In Indonesia the poor in the suburbs of two large cities receive health care and accompaniment and Sister Dr. Anke Boeckenfoerde does research and provides hands-on support for those with mental illness.
Europe. Belgium, Germany, England, Italy and The Netherlands, home to MMS, are increasingly multicultural and urban. We work with those with chronic, terminal or psychiatric illnesses, among them many homeless and migrants, those suffering from addiction, the handicapped, elderly and those needing spiritual support.
Latin America. Sisters and Associates in Peru and Venezuela live and work predominantly in barrios located in the periphery of capital cities, and in semi-rural areas. Our Sisters in Peru reach out to marginalized and exploited indigenous people, as well as provide educational and social support to children with disabilities. In Venezuela work is focused on the Solidarity Soup Kitchen which feeds 200 people on a daily basis, and the Latidos Children’s Choir.