St. Anthony Welcomes New Staff Chaplain

Sister Mary Laurence Ugoaru recently began work as part of the spiritual care team.

posted on 3/29/2019 in Feature

St. Anthony Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Sister Mary Laurence Ugoaru, who recently began work as part of the spiritual care team. Sister Mary joins Angelo Luis as the second staff chaplain at St. Anthony to serve patients, residents and staff members.

“I am happy to be here and look forward to serving all people, no matter their faith, beliefs, color, gender or age,” said Sister Mary. “I will be focusing on the social and spiritual well-being of everyone seeking help at St. Anthony and look forward to helping us grow as a hospital family, while also meeting the needs of patients and the community.”

Sister Mary comes to Carroll from Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, New York, where she provided spiritual care, as well as palliative and bereavement support, as the hospital chaplain. In addition, she was a Eucharistic minister and focused on serving the needs of the Nigerian Catholic community at St. Clement Church. Sister Mary’s prior ministry work includes positions in hospitals, nursing homes and inmate facilities in Maryland, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. She has also worked in hospitals and universities in her home country of Nigeria and is particularly drawn to serving others in health care environments.

“I have worked in the health care field ever since I was a teenager. My parents taught me how to be sympathetic and feel the pain of those in-need, so my religious faith is built on a call to serve the needy, especially those who are not healthy. I just have passion for it and do it because I love it, so I am ready to go the extra mile to help the sick,” offered Sister Mary.

A native of Nigeria, Sister Mary brings more than 30 years of experience to St. Anthony. She has a bachelor’s degree in education and is currently working toward a master’s degree in pastoral studies. In addition, Sister Mary has certificates in grief counseling, clinical intervention, social work and medical ethics.

“We are excited to welcome Sister Mary to our team as staff chaplain,” said Ed Smith, St. Anthony President and CEO. “Spiritual care is an important component of the compassionate, quality care patients experience at St. Anthony. We want to continue to grow our ministry to complement our Franciscan values of health, healing and hope, so we are pleased Sister Mary is here to serve patients, residents, families, and team members in need of support.”

Sister Mary LaurenceSister Mary has relocated to Carroll so she can best serve the hospital and community. In her spare time, Sister Mary enjoys reflecting, praying and looking for new ways to do things. She also watches television to relax and enjoys cooking to keep herself busy during the day.