Sister Shirley 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 in Rochester, New York, Sister Shirley spent her childhood in the country. At the age of 16 she converted to Catholicism, along with her immediate family. After graduating from East Syracuse High School, she received her R.N. at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Education at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She made her First Vows in our Community in 1953.
From 1953 to 1963, Sister Shirley taught and served as Director of Nursing Education at Holy Family Hospital in Patna, India. After earning her Master’s Degree in Nursing at Catholic University, she became Coordinator of Nursing Education and Nursing Services at the hospital for another ten years. She then served for eight years at Holy Family Hospital in Delhi, India, as a teacher and Assistant Director of Nursing Education.
After 27 years in India, Sister Shirley returned to the U.S. and took courses at Temple University in Philadelphia to prepare herself to work with older people in the field of Recreation Therapy. She served until 1995 at a geriatric center in Philadelphia, explaining,“In our U.S. culture, older persons are a group in need, a group experiencing deprivation.”
In 1994, Sister Shirley began working as a nurse with some of our elderly Sisters. She also became very interested in herbs, and began using them to help our Sisters with common ailments.
Sister Shirley has continued to be involved with hospitality and volunteer work. She enjoys our book study group, and is active with our Integrity of Creation group, identifying and sharing ways we can live more sustainably within the environment.
November 15, 2011