After over 30 years of serving the Lorain County community and furthering the Mercy mission, Sr. Carole Anne Griswold, HM, retired from her current position as vice president of mission integration effective September 6.
To thank Sr. Carole Anne for her dedication to the Mercy mission, and wish her well as she retires and begins her new role with the Sisters of Humility of Mary, Mercy hosted a special celebration on Friday, September 6 at Mercy Regional Medical Center. A garden dedication took place with a chapel service following and concluding with a reception.
Sr. Carole Anne Griswold has spent over 50 years serving Christ in vowed religious life as a member of the Sisters of Humility of Mary, one of the religious orders that was instrumental in shaping the mission of Mercy’s parent organization, Catholic Health Partners.
Recently, Sr. Carole Anne was elected by her sisters to a new leadership role within the Humility of Mary Congregation, and retired from her position as vice president of mission integration, effective September 6.
“In my new role, I will be serving on the Sisters of the Humility of Mary’s leadership team,” explains Sr. Carole Anne. “My efforts will focus on facilitating the life and mission of the sisters within my religious community and responsibly stewarding our many sponsored ministries. Our sisters dedicate their lives to the service of Christ, and now I have been called to serve these sisters in a leadership role as our religious community looks to the future.”
Sr. Carole Anne began her life of service as a staff nurse, nursing educator, manager of spiritual care and trustee at St. Joseph Hospital in Lorain in 1967. She has extended the healing ministry of Jesus in cities such as Youngstown, Warren, and Cleveland, before coming back to Lorain in 2001 to serve as Mercy’s vice president of mission.
“Sr. Carole Anne has championed a number of programs that continue to touch the lives of the most at-risk and vulnerable members of our community,” remarks Beth Finnegan, director of community outreach at Mercy. Continues Beth, “She has worked closely with the Resource Mothers program since its inception, and was instrumental in bringing the parish nursing format to Lorain County. She will be greatly missed.”
To honor Sr. Carole Anne’s legacy, a special fund has been established at the Mercy Foundation of Lorain County in her name. The fund will benefit the needs and clients of the Resource Mothers program, a cause that remains near and dear to Sr. Carole Anne’s heart. To make a donation, please send a check or cash to the foundation and denote the “Sr. Carole Anne Griswold Resource Mothers fund” on your check, or feel free to drop off your donation at the foundation office, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Individuals may also donate online at www.mercyfoundationofloraincounty.org.