Sister Anna Mae is one of 625 Medical Mission Sisters in 17 nations trying to be present to others in the spirit of Jesus the Healer.
Born and raised in the small town of Jordan, New York, Sister Anna Mae earned her R.N. at St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in Syracuse before joining our Community. In 1950, she began 29 years of hospital and public health work in India, where she also became a registered midwife. She was a supervisor at our Holy Family Hospitals in Patna and Mandar, and Administrator at St. Thomas Hospital and Archbishop Attipetty Jubilee Memorial Hospital in Kerala, and Holy Family Hospital in Bombay.
Sister Anna Mae returned to the U.S. in the late 1960s, earning her Bachelors Degree in Education from Temple University and her Masters in Public Health from Tulane. Back in India, from 1971 – 1978, she served as Executive Secretary and Relief Coordinator of the Bihar Voluntary Health Association, and Coordinator of the Community Health Department at Kurji Holy Family Hospital in Patna.
After repatriating to the U.S. in 1978, Sister Anna Mae served in a federally-funded “Improved Pregnancy Outcome” project in Anderson County, South Carolina, where she “saw a great need for midwifery in rural areas of the South.” She became certified as a nurse-midwife at the University of Mississippi. She then spent five years in Americus, Georgia, founding and coordinating the Middle Flint Cooperative Perinatal Project to reduce infant mortality rates in eight counties of southwest Georgia.
“I was surprised at the similarities between Southwest Georgia and a developing country,” she recalls. “I was surprised that there were people without running water or inside plumbing.”
Sister Anna Mae then moved to Gainesville, Florida, where she spent six years as Team Leader on a federally-funded project for babies and their mothers aimed at reducing low birth weights. After working in the Health Department in St. Petersburg, Florida, for a year, she served with the Healthy Start Program in Pinellas Park, Florida, for 11 years.
In 2008, Sister Anna Mae moved to our North American Headquarters in Philadelphia.
February 15, 2010