In this interview Sr. Martine Mayborg highlights Mother Cephas's "Motherhouse Message" for the call to mission work in Papua New Guinea and her overall experience of traveling and teaching there. Sr. Martine was one of the first four Sisters of St. Francis (Oldenburg) to be sent there for their mission work, teaching various subjects disciplines to elementary school children. Sr. Martine describes the unlikely circumstances for the Sisters' undertaking of the mission work, as well as the conditions experienced there. In particular, she describes cultural experiences relating to the gender and social status, food, and language of the native people, as well as the gradual development toward independence gained 1975.
Sr. Martine Mayborg
Mary Ellen Lennon
Mendi, Kagua, Tari, Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, Capuchins, Papua New Guinea, Australia
Catholic Studies | Oral History | United States History | Women's History
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Lennon, Mary Ellen Ph.D., "Sr. Martine Mayborg" (2014). Women Religious: Oral Histories of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg. 11.