Sister Andrea 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 Renova, Pennsylvania, Sister Andrea graduated from St. Joseph High School and worked for three years as a public school secretary before joining our Community. She became a R.N. at St. Francis Hospital in Trenton, New Jersey.
“I spent 27 full and wonderful years in India,” Sister Andrea recalls. She was a nurse at Holy Family Hospital in Thuruthipuram, then served as our novice mistress in Kottayam. She went on to be Administrator at our Holy Family Hospitals in New Delhi and Bandra (Bombay).
Drawn to accompany very poor people, Sister became involved in an Urban Community Development Center in Bandra. In 1980, she was missioned to Kurji Holy Family Hospital in Patna, where she served as an outpatient facilitator and teacher in the nursing school before repatriating to the U.S.
Sister Andrea settled near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and began volunteering in the Community Skills Program at Goodwill. After two years, she became part of the staff. “Many of the trainees were adapting from a lifetime of being in an institution to a community living arrangement,” she explains. “We were teaching them daily living skills, communication and social skills.” She had responsibility for 22 trainees in the day program, and was honored by Goodwill for her efforts.
Reflecting on a lifetime of loving service, Sister Andrea shares, “Mission for me means making present the healing and transforming power of Christ as we enter the lives of the poor and oppressed, commit ourselves to overcome the causes of evil and struggle with others to further justice and peace.”
June 15, 2012