Mother Bernard Sheridan (1860 - 1924)

Julie Lonneman

Artist's Narrative:
Foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita

Mother Mary Bernard Sheridan was an Irish immigrant who joined the Sisters of St. Joseph in Eire Pennsylvania in 1877. After her profession, she taught school, cared for orphans, and received nurse’s training at St. Vincent Hospital. Mother Sheridan was the first formally trained nurse anesthesthetist in the United States.  In 1885, she volunteered to serve in southeast Kansas, where her congregation staffed the parochial schools of the diocese of Wichita. There, under Mother Sheridan’s leadership, the Sisters became involved in healthcare. In 1903 she established Mt. Carmel Hospital in Pittsburg, Kansas, to serve impoverished immigrants who worked in the coal mines nearby. Her contributions in the field of healthcare continue to this day in the ministries of the Congregation of St. Joseph.

“Do all the good you can, to all the people you can, in all the ways you can, and just as long as you can.”
—Mother Bernard Sheridan, CSJ


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