Our foundress, Mother Mary Martin, was a lay missionary before she established the Congregation. Throughout our history, MMM has always had the back-up of a large number of people who supported us in active partnership.
In recent years, the MMM family has being greatly enriched by the commitment of dedicated Associates who feel called to embrace the charism of MMM. Any adult, single or married, male or female, who feels drawn to the spirituality and mission of MMM can become an Associate MMM.
Most Associate MMMs continue their ordinary lifestyle and work, but some have the opportunity to work in a team with the Sisters overseas, like Moira and Eamonn Brehony, pictured left, who have spent several years in Tanzania, bringing a wide range of skills.
MMM Associates can be found in Angola, Australia, Brazil, England, Honduras, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Scotland, Sweden, Uganda, and the USA. When a number of Associate MMMs are within reasonable reach of one another, they may arrange to meet for prayer and support from time to time. Some are able to arrange supportive visits to some of our missions.
The picture on the right was taken at Makiungu Hospital, Tanzania, with Associates Mary Hhayuma and Dympna Tsafu, both Tanzanian; Anne Choon, who travelled from her home in Malaysia to volunteer as a nurse for a month at Makiungu; and Mary Coffey, an Irish doctor who has devoted her annual leave to helping in Makiungu on several occasions.
Initiation as MMM Associate
There are three stages of initiation for those who feel called to become MMM Associates. A Sister will accompany the person through these stages. The length of time of each stage depends on the circumstances and individual needs. The culmination of these stages is a spiritual Covenant, which may be renewed annually.
There are no financial obligations for the person seeking to be an Associate or for the Medical Missionaries of Mary. By its nature, the Associate movement is a means of being connected to a spiritual family. Nevertheless, many MMM Associates voluntarily help with our fund-raising activities or assist in other very practical ways!
If you are interested, please contact us, and we will send you the name of the Sister who is liaison person with Associates in your area.
If you live in the USA, you can email
For more information on MMM Associates:
- MMM Associates, Ealing, UK
- Associates at nDareda Tanzania
- Associates in Capim Grosso Brazil
- First International Meeting of Associate MMMs
- Fund raising effort continues all year
- Associates live MMM Charism
- Ecumenical Model in Scotland
Read our MMM Associates' Newsletter here.