The faces and the manner of dress may change, but the commitment to compassionate health care never wavers.
Sister Streitel (1844 - 1910), foundress of the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
Sister Laurentia, head of Pediatrics, is shown with a patient. Stories abound of Sister Laurentia's love for children. She sometimes sat at the bedside of these precious spirits, when their lives hung in the balance, praying day and night for their recovery.
The Sisters at St. Mary's Home for the Aged in 1958. You can hardly tell that many of these sisters are more than 70 or 80 years old.
Sister M. Capistrana, director of the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing from 1941 - 1960, is pictured receiving the 1972 "Nurse of the Year" award from Doris Koch, School of Nursing Alumni Association President.
A spontaneous standing ovation greeted the announcement. "This leaves me speechless," was Sister Capistrana's immediate, beaming response. "I am reminded of something Christ said in one of the Gospels. 'I have done everything you commanded of me; yet, it is nothing, because I've only done my duty.' I'm just grateful to God who helped me to do it."
Sister Lois Bush addresses the crowd gathered for the groundbreaking and blessing of the new Mercy Medical Center in October 1997. This photo is symbolic of several changes that were taking place at Mercy. Sister Bush was the CEO of Ministry Health Care, the organization that combined independent hospitals run by Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother into a system. It is fitting that as head of the new system, Sister Bush helped lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the new hospital.