New Director Named at St. Ann’s Infant & Maternity Home: Sr. Josephine Murphy to Step Down after 17 Years

November 17, 2004

Sr. Mary Bader will succeed Sr. Josephine Murphy as President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Ann’s Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville, one of the region’s premier agencies for the care of abandoned and abused children and young pregnant and parenting women, effective July 1, 2005. Sr. Josephine Murphy has led St. Ann’s, an agency of the Archdiocese of Washington, for the past 17 years; her new assignment has not been finalized yet. Both women are members of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul.

“Sr. Josephine is nothing short of a legend at St. Ann’s,” said Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington. “She has worked tirelessly on behalf of neglected and abused children and young mothers, providing direct care, leadership and advocacy locally and nationally, for which I am grateful to her. I welcome Sr. Mary who will continue the Daughters of Charity’s long commitment and leadership on behalf of the vulnerable young.”

Sr. Mary Bader has 20 years of experience in Catholic education, including 10 years at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore. She currently serves as principal of this tuition-free middle school serving boys and girls from low-income families. She also is familiar with St. Ann’s, having served as a teacher and member of the summer program staff from 1984-1990, while teaching in a local Catholic school during the academic year. She holds an M.A. in education from The Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Child Study from Tufts University.

Sr. Josephine Murphy has worked on behalf of children for 40 years. She joined the Daughters of Charity following high school, and received a B.A. from St. Joseph’s College in Emmitsburg and a master’s in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University. During the past 17 years, she has expanded St. Ann’s Children’s Residential Program for abused, neglected and abandoned children; expanded the Adolescent Mother-Baby Program; and founded Faith House, which provides transitional housing and support for single mothers, ages 18-25, to assist them in becoming self sufficient and effective parents. Sr. Josephine also has testified before Congress to ensure the rights of children are first and has advocated for adoption.

Founded in 1863 by a charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln to care for Civil War orphans and pregnant women, St. Ann’s last year provided residential care to over 330 abandoned, neglected or abused children as well as 70 mothers with young children, in addition to operating a high school for the mothers, Faith House and an affordable day care center.

Susan Gibbs
Director, Office of Communications
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