Sister Andrea McDonald
Entered: September 8, 1960 – Manchester, New Hampshire
Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer and Presence
Motto: Thy will be done
I started my journey in Mercy five days after graduating from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Manchester, New Hampshire. The opportunity to see Mercy in action by the sisters working at the hospital was a strong influence that God put in my path. After formation and obtaining my bachelor of nursing (BSN) degree from St. Anselm College in 1967, I returned to the hospital. My career there encompassed 20 years, during which time I held a number of ddministrative positions; I was involved in the merger of Notre Dame Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospital that created a Catholic medical center. By the grace of God and many prayers, two different nursing philosophies came together.
My call to Mercy took an exciting turn in 1988 when I was asked by administration to become the director of pastoral care. It was felt that patient's physical needs were being cared for extremely well but we were a Catholic hospital and care should be holistic. I was able to change the focus from sacramental care to spiritual care, ministering to all patients regardless of religious affiliation. My life has certainly been enriched as a Sister of Mercy.
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