Sister Jerome graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte, North Carolina, and shortly thereafter realized her calling to the Catholic Church and religious life. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the Catholic University of America and graduated from the executive Graduate Program in Health Care at the University of South Carolina.
At age 35, she became administrator of Mercy Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, and she served on various North Carolina Hospital Association committees. She also served on the North Carolina Governor’s Board of Ethics and several other boards in Sisters of Mercy ministries. She was a life member fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.
Sister Jerome is best known for her faithfulness, consistency and never-ending commitment to and construction of Mercy Hospital. Her life was one of service, fulfilling her motto: “Now not I, but Christ.”