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Sr. Mary Louise Mitchell, SSJ, Ph.D., RN
Director of Pastoral Care at St. Ann’s Community, Rochester - Witness Interview

Sr. Mary Louise Mitchell, SSJ, Ph.D., RN is Director of Pastoral Care at St. Ann’s Community, Rochester’s leading senior housing and health services provider. Sr. Mary Lou 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. She taught in the Nursing programs at Nazareth College (1995-2003) and St. John Fisher College (1991-1993). At Nazareth College, 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. Sr. Mary Lou began her career as a staff nurse and nursing instructor at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira, New York, 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.