Sister Genevieve “Jean” Murray, M.M.S., a Medical Mission Sister and Philadelphia native, died Sept. 10. She was 94.

After graduating from Little Flower High School, Sister Jean worked for several years as an office secretary before entering the Medical Mission Sisters (MMS) in 1948. She made her first profession of vows in 1950 and her final vows in 1955. Known for her gentle nature, Sister Jean was honored to be the secretary for MMS founder Anna Dengel in Rome.


She then spent 10 years managing the office for her community in Mountain View, California. In 1972 she earned an associate’s degree in applied science-mental health and social services at the Community College of Philadelphia, where she also worked as a tutor.

In 1982, Sister Jean began five years of mission in Malawi, Africa, teaching at Our Lady of Wisdom Commercial School. Returning to Philadelphia in 1987, she worked several years as a secretary in the University of Pennsylvania’s nursing department. She then began a ministry at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Center in Philadelphia that lasted for nearly 20 years, where she tutored English as a second language, basic mathematics and reading.

After retiring from ministry and moving to her community’s North American headquarters in Philadelphia, Sister Jean continued to tutor sisters who were improving their English.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated Sept. 17 at the headquarters.