Sisters in the News

Jubilarians honored

Three Jubilarians were honored during the annual Mass for World Day of Consecrated Life on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at St. Patrick Cathedral in Charlotte, North Carolina: Sister Ellen McSorley (70 years); Sister Brigid McCarthy (50 years); and Sister Paulette Williams (50 years). After the Mass, St. Patrick hosted a luncheon in their honor. To read more in the Catholic News Herald, click on the blue word: 



Prayer to end trafficking

Sisters of Mercy and Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte hosted a service Thursday, February 9, 2018, to pray for an end to human trafficking. They gathered in the chapel at Sacred Heart Convent in Belmont, North Carolina, to pay homage to St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of Sudan who was enslaved and tortured. Sister Rose Marie Tresp, the South Central Community’s director of justice, helped lead the ceremony. To read more in the Catholic News Herald, click on the blue word:


Sister of Mercy takes her ministry to the homeless

Catholic Health World features Sister Lisa Atkins and her ministry for the homeless, which she established about two years ago in Rogers, Arkansas, and nearby Bentonville. Sister Lisa organizes a weekly free hot meal program at a motel, where homeless people sometimes live, as a way to build trust with the occupants and inform them about social services and medical care available through Mercy and other community nonprofits. To read more, click on her name below:

     Sister Lisa Atkins

Coffee & Doughnuts with Sister Helen Amos

The Catholic Review, publication of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (Maryland), published an interview with Sister Helen Amos in its December 2017 issue. Sister Helen talks about her Catholic roots in Mobile, Alabama, and her ministry as chairwoman of the Board of Trustees of Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. Click on her name below to read more: 

      Sister Helen Amos

Surgeon general honors sister

SrCharlotteKerrSurgeon General Vivek Murthy presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Sister Charlotte Kerr for “outstanding service on the Presidentially-appointed Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, and contributions to the implementation of the National Prevention Strategy.”

Sister Charlotte served on the 21-member Advisory Group from its inception in 2011 through the submission of its final report in September 2016. She also served on the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and the Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health Alternative Medicine Program.

A registered nurse, acupuncturist, professor emerita at the Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), and public health consultant, Sister Charlotte sees patients in the MUIH Natural Care Center in Columbia, Maryland.

Cincinnati sister featured

In observance of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Ohio, featured interviews with several members of religious orders, including Sister Sally Sherman. To see the interview with Sister Sally, in which she talks about the Critical Concerns and her ministry, click on the blue words below:

     Sister Sally Sherman

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital celebrates retirement of Sister Valentina Sheridan

Sister Valentina Sheridan, the director of mission integration at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, has retired after more than 21 years of ministry to patients and families at the facility. Known to all as "Sister Val," the hospital celebrated her retirement with a reception attended by staff, physicians, volunteers and friends.

Sister Valentina began working at Saint Joseph's Hospital in 1994 as the director of pastoral care, and was instrumental in shaping the continued growth and professionalization of that department at the hospital. Through the years, Sister Valentina used her gifts to help others both emotionally and spiritually, from her steady presence at the bedside of patients to providing words of support and encouragement to families.

To read the complete story, please click on the blue words below:

     Sister Valentina Sheridan


Happy 90th birthday!

St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah, Georgia, threw a surprise birthday party for Sister Mary Jude Walsh, who turned 90 on Saturday, February 14, 2015.

Sister Jude graduated from St. Vincent’s and served as its principal from 1967 to 2003. To see WTOC-TV’s story on her birthday celebration, please click on the blue words below:

     Sister Mary Jude Walsh

National publication features sister

Sister Mary Schmuck discusses her ministry in an interview with Sister Camille D’Arienzo, RSM (Mid-Atlantic) in the National Catholic Reporter. Sister Mary is parish social ministry coordinator for the Nazareth Office of Catholic Charities of Louisville, Kentucky.

“This office promotes parish social ministry, especially among 47 Catholic parishes in 19 Kentucky counties organized into four archdiocesan regions,” she says. “Such ministry can be considered a three-leaf clover: charitable outreach, faithful citizenship, and global solidarity.”  To read more, please click on the blue words below:

     Sister Mary Schmuck

Sister named to university board

The Arkansas Catholic reported Sister Judith Marie Keith’s election to University of the Ozarks’ Board of Trustees in Clarksville, Arkansas. Her three-year term will begin January 1, 2015.

Sister Judith ministers as a consultant for Subiaco Academy in Subiaco, Arkansas. To read the article, please click on the blue words below:

   Sister Judith Marie

Sister Doris shares experience

The National Catholic Reporter recently published an interview with Sister Doris Gottemoeller by Sister Camille D’Arienzo, RSM (Mid-Atlantic). Sister Doris talks about her role as the first president of the Institute, her mentors and role models, community life, and what drew her to the Sisters of Mercy.

“I came to desire a life of prayer and deeper purpose,” she says. “The choice of the Sisters of Mercy was based on the encouragement of the sisters in the parish and, especially, on my observation that they did a variety of ministries: teaching, health care, social work, and foreign missions. So my reasoning was that by joining them, God would choose the type of work I was meant to do.”

To read the interview, please click on the blue words below:

   Sister Doris

Magazine features sisters’ Civil War nursing

The September 2014 issue of Our State North Carolina magazine features Sisters of Mercy in its series about the Civil War.

It describes the sisters’ arrival in Beaufort, North Carolina, on a steam tug and tells how they tended sick and wounded soldiers using their tools of “good nutrition, cleanliness and gentleness.” To read the story, please click on the blue words below.

     Our State


Sister Roch Tranforms Health Care, Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

The Catholic Health Association (CHA) has named Mercy’s Sister Mary Roch Rocklage, as a recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizing how she guided Mercy through momentous growth and change to become a leader in health care delivery innovation and the sixth largest Catholic health system in the United States. The award will be presented today at CHA’s 2014 Catholic Health Assembly in Chicago.

Sister Roch’s remarkable career in health care started more than 50 years ago as a nursing student and over the years led to positions of leadership including hospital president, the Mercy health system’s first president and CEO, chair of the board, and today, health ministry liaison and board member. She shepherded Mercy’s transition from individual hospitals to a system, and then to a new form of leadership designed to ensure the future of the health ministry with fewer Sisters of Mercy to serve. Please click onthe blue words below to read the complete story.

     Sister Mary Roch Rocklage


Sisters answer call during U.S. Civil War

When civil war broke out in the United States in 1861 neither the Union nor the Confederacy made arrangements for hospitals or medical care for their soldiers. Among those answering the call to help care for the injured were nearly 600 Roman Catholic sisters, including the Sisters of Mercy, many of whom were new residents of the U.S.  

“The Sisters of Mercy fulfilled a very important role with the military on both sides during the Civil War because there were very few trained nurses in those days,” said Myra Joines, communications director for the Sisters of Mercy–South Central Community. Please click on the blue words below to read the complete story.

     Angels of the Battlefield

Why I Am a Nun on the Bus in Ohio

Why? In October 2012 the bus tour departed from Cincinnati to promote The Faithful Budget as an alternative to the Ryan Budget that Sister Simone Campbell of NETWORK had so eloquently introduced when the national Nuns on the Bus (NOTB) tour stopped in Cincinnati in June. Please click on the blue words below to read Sister Carren Herring’s complete blog.

    Nuns on the Bus Ohio

Sister Rose Marie Tresp fasts for immigrant justice

Sister Rose Marie Tresp of Belmont, a Sister of Mercy for 46 years, has advocated for fair treatment of immigrants in the U.S. for many years, particularly since she became director of justice for the Sisters of Mercy – South Central Community in 2008.

But when the call came to join the Fast for Immigrant Justice that began on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 12, she hesitated because of her busy schedule advocating for and educating others on a variety of justice issues. Please click on the blue words below to read more about Sister Rose Marie’s participation in “Fast for Families: A Call for Immigration Reform & Citizenship.”

    Sister Rose Marie Tresp

    Nun fasts for immigration reform


Alpha Boys' School makes successful Branson pitch

Alpha Boys’ School received first place in the Pitch To Rich competition at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship—Caribbean (BCoEC) earlier this month. Alpha’s clothing line, Alpha Wear JA, will be featured on Virgin Unite’s website, in addition to the school having access to a new loan program through the BCoEC. Please click here to read the complete story.