Sisters of Charity Federation Archives

Nursing & Healthcare Heroes

A core tenet of the charity charism, or mission, has been to make the healing presence of God known by caring for those who are at their most vulnerable. Enclosed below are just a few examples of Sisters of Charity Federation Sisters who have served in a variety of roles in the field of healthcare.
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Sister Rosa Daly of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul describes meeting with Senator John Glenn Beall and Vice President Gerald Ford in 1974 to discuss hospitals operated by the Daughters of Charity.
Sister Marie Madeline Shonka of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth discussed first meeting the SCL Community at a training hospital and shares how her work expanded into the education field when she served as Director of a school of nursing.
The gallery below houses additional oral histories from other Nursing & Healthcare Heroes, including Sister Celestia Koebel of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, who served as administrator of St. Joseph Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 21 years and was instrumental in the formation of the consolidated Catholic Health Initiatives health care system in 1996. Sister Angelita Mombrado of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul describes in her memoir "Remembrance of My Youth" of traveling to Los Angeles, California in the 1850s and founding an orphanage, school, and infirmary.