Last week, Sister Mary Maurita, co-founder of MHP Salud, celebrated her 100th birthday. This special event is punctuated by our own celebration of 35 years of service here at MHP Salud. Sister Mary has provided invaluable guidance, knowledge, and a willful determination to create an organization that provides meaningful services for the Hispanic/Latino community. The celebration of Sister Mary’s 100th birthday provides an excellent opportunity to reflect on the legacy of MHP Salud, as well as the woman who played a pivotal role in its establishment.
From a young age, Sister Mary was keenly aware of the suffering of others. Even as a child, she took action to help others as best she could.
As she grew older, the motivation to help those in need only grew. Sister Mary cast aside the norms of that time, and pursued higher education in order to become a nurse. She ultimately received her master’s in hospital administration. In 1945 she joined the Sisters of Mercy in Detroit, Michigan, where she supported the work of serving the needy and the poor.