Described as thoughtful and sensitive, Sister Bernadette has ministered as a hospice chaplain for more than 20 years, most recently with Amedisys Hospice in Monongahela.
Sister Bernadette says that people whom she encounters open up quickly to her because they often experience the charism of loving God and neighbor that she shares. “I am very humbled by the confidence and trust that people have freely placed in me,” she says, acknowledging that God’s grace is at work.
Prior to becoming a chaplain, Sister Bernadette served as a teacher at St. Raphael (Pittsburgh), Mt. Gallitzin Academy (Baden) and St. Joseph High School (Natrona), and Director of Religious Education at St. John (Uniontown).
For recreation, Sister Bernadette enjoys viewing artwork in churches and cathedrals and reading historical fiction, biographies and autobiographies.
She credits the unrelenting voice of the Holy Spirit for influencing her decision to become a sister, which has allowed her to more fully develop a spiritual life. “My relationship with God has matured over the years, and I believe more growth is still to come,” she says.