Our MMM Motherhouse, pictured above, is located in the historic town of Drogheda, Co. Louth. It is home to more than sixty Sisters, many of whom have spent much of their lives overseas. It is a hive of activity, providing hospitality for countless visitors. These include MMMs coming for brief and longer times from overseas, relatives, and many friends who have worked with us. We are so happy to reconnect with them. Beechgrove is a venue for meetings of MMM Associates and for reflection days for staff, retreats and cultural events. It is the setting for many special MMM occasions – joyful ones such as jubilees, assemblies and reunions; and other sad ones, especially funerals. Our facilities are also used by outside groups - prayer groups, schools, the hospital, etc. - for meetings, and retreat days and commemorative masses.
In the past few years, a number of Sisters from other countries who joined MMM and completed their training overseas have had the opportunity for the Heritage Experience, exploring the early days of MMM in Ireland and meeting our older MMMs. They give presentations on their lives and missions and how they were attracted to MMM, so there is a rich sharing of experiences. The Mother Mary Room and the Mission Room provide focal points for telling our MMM story. The Sisters welcome many groups and individuals for tours of these rooms.
They have other ministries in the house itself - in administration, maintenance, and in the stamp department. Some are involved in pastoral work, parish ministries and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Others are knitting blankets for the dementia unit in the local hospital. Our connection with the Apostolic Work in the various dioceses is very important to our Sisters and local clergy overseas.
Close to the Motherhouse is Aras Mhuire, a facility where some of our Sisters receive nursing care.
The MMM Archive Department, where textual archives are housed, is also at our Motherhouse. It makes provision for researchers studying our history, which is part of the history of the town, of the development of international health care, and of education and opportunities for women.
Our Congregational Centre is located at Rosemount, in Booterstown, Co. Dublin. This is the main administrative office and the place where the members of our Congregational Leadership Team live when not visiting our missions. Also housed here are our MMM Congregational Business Administration and Congregational Secretariat.
On the same grounds is the Communications Department, which co-ordinates our promotion and fund-raising activities basically in Europe. Mission awareness in Catholic parishes in Ireland is carried out in dioceses allocated to MMM by the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI), in collaboration with the local church. Our image archive is housed here and various MMM publications are prepared in the department: a calendar, yearbook (Healing and Development), e-newsletter, yearbook supplements, and mission promotion and vocation literature.
The office for our MMM Europe Area is based in Ashleigh Heights in Drogheda.
We also have a number of small communities in Ireland: Terenure, Templeogue, Booterstown, Artane and Raheny in Dublin, as well as Mell in Drogheda and Bettystown. Sisters are engaged in a variety of ministries including hospital chaplaincy, nursing for our Sisters, health care for asylum seekers, mission awareness, student counselling, volunteer work, parish visiting and MMM administration.
MMMs in Ireland are involved in:
- Prayer ministry
- Care for elderly Sisters
- Mission awareness
- Fund-raising, including through used stamps
- Parish work and pastoral care
- Anti-trafficking work and work with refugees
- A wonderful ministry in Kilmacow
- Ireland's model retirement community
- Powerhouse of prayer
- Marathon effort for Operating Room Lamp
- A Short History of MMM in Ireland
- Listening to other voices
- Sharing our lives: The Sisters’ Café