Sister Anne Louise von Hoene

Sister Anne 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.

A native of Rutherford, N.J., Sister Anne Louise graduated from St. Mary’s High School and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry at Georgian Court College in Lakewood, N.J. After joining our Community, she graduated from the St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and also did the house accounts for our Sisters living in St. Louis.

In 1959, Sister was missioned to Holy Family Hospital, Berekum, Ghana, as the pharmacist and local treasurer. She returned to the U.S. to earn her M.B.A. in Hospital Administration from the University of Chicago in 1969, and went on to serve as Administrator of Holy Family Hospital in Berekum for 13 years.

“I grew to love Ghana and its people.” Sister Anne Louise shares. She was active in the Diocesan Health Committee and the Church Hospital Association of Ghana, and also served as Sector Treasurer of Africa. She became a member of our General Finance Team in 1980.

After Sister turned over her job as Administrator to a Ghanaian man, she studied investment management at Temple University in Philadelphia. She became our General Treasurer in 1986, serving for ten years at our global headquarters in London. “The years in London were rewarding ones. It was challenging and stimulating to work at that level. It brought me into contact with many of our Sisters in parts of the Society I had not known before.”

When Sister Anne Louise returned to the U.S., her interest in social justice drew her to the Washington, D.C., area. She explains, “My previous experiences led me to become involved in the Jubilee movement to cancel the debts of the world’s poorest countries, and in the Africa Faith and Justice Network.” In 1998, she began working at the U.S. Catholic Mission Association (USCMA), where she continues today as the accountant and part-time administrative assistant.

Looking back on her lifetime of varied ministries, Sister Anne Louise shares, “I feel very blessed to belong to a congregation that has tried over the years to follow the lead of the Spirit through changing, sometimes difficult and confusing times. I feel very blessed to have been privileged to live and work with Medical Mission Sisters of many cultures and nationalities.”

June 15, 2011