Collaboration & Leading the Way

College of Nursing

Saint Mary Hospital, San Francisco, was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1857, and began as a College of Nursing in 1900.

The vocation to become a woman religious provided California women with an outlet for grace, beauty, intellect, and leadership, often not available in society at large. Women religious have led the way in a number of fields—catechetics (religious instruction), higher education, and social justice. They did not do so in isolation. Rather, women religious fostered leadership and collaboration with persons and groups whose values and hopes coincided with their own, both within and outside the Catholic Church.


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