Sister Mary Louise Mitchell Joins St. Ann’s Community as Director of Pastoral Care

Mary Louise Mitchell, SSJ, Ph.D., RN, has been named Director of Pastoral Care at St. Ann’s Community, Rochester’s leading senior housing and health services provider. She succeeds Father Peter Bayer who retired this month after 25 years in that position.

Sr. Mary Lou most recently served as President of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester (2007-2015). Her background is in nursing and she has a 30-year career in that field.

Sr. Mary Lou taught in the Nursing programs at Nazareth College (1995-2003) and St. John Fisher College (1991-1993). At Nazareth, she helped develop a Master’s program for Gerontological Nurse Practitioners. She also served as an Advanced Practice Nurse in private practice at the Sisters of St. Joseph Spirituality Center in Rochester.

She began her career as a staff nurse and nursing instructor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira and briefly served as the hospital’s Vice President of Nursing Education. She earned her Ph.D. and Post Doctorate in Nursing from the University of Rochester and her Master’s in Nursing from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

Sr. Mary Lou is a former Board Member of St. Ann’s Community, Nazareth College, and Aquinas Institute and currently serves on the board of Arnot Health in Elmira. She is a former member of the International Global Coordinating Group for the Sisters of St. Joseph.

About St. Ann’s Community

St. Ann’s Community offers a continuum of care that includes independent retirement living, assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care, short-term transitional care, palliative care, and adult day programs. One of the area’s largest employers, St. Ann’s has more than 1,200 employees who are Caring for the Most Important People on Earth.

For more information, call (585) 697-6000.

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