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Sister Phyllis Backer

IMG_2360_edited-1Sister Phyllis Backer was born in Ferdinand, Indiana, in 1931. Before entering the Medical Mission Sisters in 1955, she received her R.N. from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Evansville, Indiana. Her first mission was as supervisor of the Pediatric Department of St. Vincent Hospital in Philadelphia. She then began what became 27 years of service to the sick in Pakistan as a nurse-midwife, director of nursing service and community health team member in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Mirpurkhas. In between her Pakistan assignments, Sister Phyllis earned her BSN from St. Louis University and participated in a midwifery refresher course. When she returned to the U.S. in 1987, Sister moved to Baltimore, MD. There she was a member of our formation team and worked as a respite nurse. She co-founded “Anna Center,” a respite care center for sick, homeless women in Washington, DC. When it closed, she worked as a nurse in Baltimore before returning to Philadelphia in 2000. For the past 14 years, Sister Phyllis has been our dedicated and loving Residential Care Coordinator for our Sisters in Philadelphia who need skilled nursing care.