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Sister Ann Louise Smith

Sister Ann Louise is one of 600 Medical Mission Sisters and 80 Associates in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.

Born and raised in McSherrystown, PA, Sister Ann Louise joined our Community several years after graduating from Delone Catholic High School. Her first overseas mission was to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where she supervised the housekeeping at Holy Family Hospital for three years. After several years back in the U.S. in various supportive roles, she went to Judibana, Venezuela, where she served as the kitchen supervisor.

From 1967 to 1972, Sister Ann Louise worked in the dietary department, office, and outpatient department at Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi. She then returned to the U.S. She worked in Fayette County, Texas, on a joint health care project between Vanderbilt School of Nursing and Meharry Medical College. She also was involved with the Thrift Shop and Chapel at our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia.

Sister Ann Louise spent over 20 years working as a home health aide with older people in Philadelphia. During this time, she became trained as a cosmetologist as well. She reflects, “Mission for me means being of service to others. I did this by caring for and supporting the elderly in their homes. I was especially concerned for those who lived alone, having no one to aid or support them…I saw so many beautiful things happen in the lives of these persons.”

In 1992, Sister Ann Louise returned to Pakistan. She joined our Sisters in Karachi in helping to prepare young women who were hoping to enter nursing school. She says, “It was a great privilege to work so closely with these young Pakistani women, and to have been so accepted by them. I was touched in many beautiful ways by them, and felt a mutual love and respect for them – as students, and as friends.”

Sister Ann Louise now lives at our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia. She is able to use her cosmetology training to care for some of our own older Sisters, cutting and styling their hair. She shares, “It is in giving that I have received so very much. All these women whose lives have touched mine have helped me to grow more deeply in my own spiritual life…meeting the needs of people, being of service, giving support, caring, and listening are all part of our call to healing mission.”

January 15, 2012