Sister Annette is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.
A native of Johnston, PA, Sister Annette joined our Community shortly after her high school graduation. She attended St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing, where she received her R.N., and later became certified as a midwife at the Catholic Maternity Institute in Santa Fe.
Sister Annette’s first mission assignment was to Ghana, where she was a nurse at Holy Family Hospital in Berekum and at the Kokofu Leprosarium. She then served in administration and nursing at Holy Family Hospital in Techiman.
In 1971, Sister Annette received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing and then a Master’s Degree in Public Health from St. Louis University. She returned to Holy Family Hospital in Techiman, Ghana, for several years as a public health nurse and administrator.
Upon her return to the U.S., Sister Annette worked as a nurse in her native Johnston, PA, and updated her midwifery skills at Booth Maternity Center in Philadelphia. She then served as Public Health Nursing Supervisor of the Allegheny County-Covington and Clifton Forge Health Departments in Covington, Virginia.
Sister Annette settled in the southwest in 1981. She was involved in overall administration for a University of Arizona-New Mexico Chile Health Project on the Navajo Indian Reservation. In 1983, she moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, where she served as a nurse-midwife at the Dona Ana Public Health Office. Later, Sister Annette worked at the Mesilla Valley Hospice in Las Cruces as a staff nurse.
A certified Master Gardener, Sister Annette has been an environmental services volunteer and a Nature Center volunteer. She lives in Las Cruces with her sister Mary Grace, who is also a Medical Mission Sister.
June 15, 2010