Sister Anne Purcell
What stands out for me in my years of health care is the people I have met...
I feel very blessed because of all I have received and the opportunities that came my way because of my vocation. In 1959, I began my health care profession as a student nurse at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto. During this time, I attended a retreat where I heard myself asking, "How do you know if you have a vocation?" Shortly thereafter, I entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto. Over the years, I was blessed to be able to advance my education with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and then a Masters in Health Science, Administration, along with numerous other courses.
In my nursing ministry, I served in many capacities: as a direct care provider, an evening/night supervisor, an executive director, on boards of directors and many committees. Currently, I am serving on the board of directors at Providence Healthcare. Over the years, my health care knowledge has allowed me to work with all levels of staff in a hospital setting as well as a home setting, which has enabled me to have a direct influence on peoples' futures.
What stands out for me in my years of health care is the people I have met and the ability to change lives by listening to them and putting things in place to alleviate their concerns, watching them improve and go back to their own homes.
As well as always wanting to be a nurse, my dream was to care for diocesan priests in retirement when staff and other supports were withdrawn. In my retirement, I am privileged to coordinate the health care for the Jesuits of English speaking Canada. It is very rewarding to see men who were house-bound or bedridden return to active ministry for many more years.
"Whatsoever you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me." — Matthew 25:45