Celebrating the Medical Mission Sisters’ 25th anniversary of affiliation with the United Nations on Oct. 24 are, from left, Sister Estelle Demers, Associate Jane Blewett, Sister Philo Morris, Sister Katherine Baltazar and Sister Celine Paramundayil.

The Medical Mission Sisters, based in Philadelphia, and associates around the world celebrated a special United Nations Day Oct. 24. In addition to commemorating the UN’s 74th anniversary, the religious order also marked its 25th anniversary of UN affiliation.

Sisters in countries around the world celebrated the occasion. In Philadelphia they enjoyed a delightful high tea, during which a panel of speakers reflected on the rich history of society’s participation with the UN and how it has evolved since 1994.

Later the sisters enjoyed a festive meal with international dishes, with some MMS wearing clothing from their native countries or from countries in which they were in mission.