The Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh is delighted to welcome two American Religious Sisters of Mercy (RSM).
Sr Edith Mary RSM and Sr Anna Marie RSM, recently arrived from the United States to contribute to the work of the archdiocese. They join Sr Mary Pierre, the archdiocesan Director of Property, at St Andrew’s Convent, Ravelston.
Sr Edith Mary (on the right of the picture) will work as the clergy welfare co-ordinator, assisting the retired priests of the Archdiocese.
She was born and raised in Redding, California, and prior to entering the religious life in 1998 was a physical therapist. She has a doctorate in osteopathic medicine, has worked in emergency medicine and served as the director of emergency and trauma services for a rural hospital. In 2020, Sr Edith Mary was made a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Medicine.
Alongside her will be Sr Anna Marie, who will be working in catechesis and faith formation. She grew up near Chicago and entered the religious life in 2003.
She said: “I didn’t finish college before entering, so I did my STB (Sacred Theology) in Rome, along with a licentiate in sacred scripture at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.”
She said that she “enjoyed hiking, baseball, biking, history, languages, and learning…I’m an avid reader!”
Sr Mary Simone RSM has now returned to Rome to continues her studies. During her time in the archdiocese she was a familiar and friendly face to many people in the dioceses, having worked for the past year at St Mary’s Cathedral.