Adelante Mujer improves healthcare in Nicaragua

Elizabeth Rydeen

OneWorldMissionA grant from the One-World Mission Grant Fund is providing scholarships for women in Nicaragua to study medicine and become doctors. The program Adelante Mujer (Advance Women) is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Agnes, a congregation headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., with a 70-year history of serving the people of Nicaragua. The first eight women to receive scholarships will graduate in December. After serving a two-year internship, the women will be assigned in areas where there is only one doctor for 3,000 persons.

Sister Ann McKean directs the program for her congregation and is a longtime friend of Sister Clara Stang. In her letter of support, she said, “Sister Ann has been a strong leader in activities that support the poor, especially women, for decades,” noting that the vision of One-World Mission and Adelante Mujer are a great match: empowering women, providing health care for the poorest of the poor and helping the Nicaraguan people help themselves.

Sister Ann has a long history with our community and has visited Little Falls many times. She befriended all our sisters who served in Tennessee and cared for Sisters Loretta Beyer, Beverly Weidner and Louise McKigney after their car accident.


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Saturday, Oct 18, 2014 9:49 am
Sister Ann Mc Kean, CSA is a true organizer and visionary. She is wonderful with young adults and the perfect choice as director.
Saturday, Sep 27, 201410:04 am
Wonderful! And the little Falls Franciscansdeserve full credit for helping Us to fund these young women. We now have our first 8 graduates and 12 in studies to become a Doctor. Thank you, Sr. Ann Mc Kean, CSA,PHD Executive Director Women.advance@gmail.com

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