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New Chapter for St. Ann's Center and CEO Sister Mary Bader

October 11, 2023
Sister Mary Bader, a Daughter of Charity who has led St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families in Hyattsville, Maryland, for the past 18 years, will leave that role in late 2023 to serve as a member of her order’s Provincial Council. (Catholic Standard file photo by Andrew Biraj)

In September 2023, Sister Mary Bader, CEO of St. Ann's Center, shared the news that after 18 years of leading our mission, she will be transitioning from St. Ann's to accept a new leadership assignment from  the Daughters of Charity, the religious community she belongs to. 

In addition to sharing this letter and this news release, Sister Mary also spoke with Mark Zimmerman, Editor of the Catholic Standard for the following interview published on 9/27/2023.

"Sister Mary Bader, at home at St. Ann’s for nearly two decades, will be leaving for leadership role with Daughters of Charity"


For the past 18 years, Sister Mary Bader has been at home, literally, at St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families in Hyattsville, Maryland.

In addition to serving as the CEO of St. Ann’s, the Daughter of Charity also lives there with seven other members of her religious order at the sisters’ residence. The Catholic agency was founded by the Daughters of Charity in 1860 and chartered by President Lincoln in 1863. From the Civil War era to the digital age, St. Ann’s has served the changing needs of women and children in the Washington, D.C., area.

“Not everyone would like to live and work in the same place, especially in a building where you have women, children and staff, and being here 24/7,” Sister Mary said, noting the occasional fire alarm and plumbing problems in off hours, but also how living and working there gives her the chance to be a part of that community and witness how St. Ann’s brings help and hope to the women and children at St. Ann’s and transforms their lives. “For me, that (living here) has only added to the joy,” she said.

On Sept. 27, St. Ann’s Center announced that Sister Mary Bader will be concluding her leadership there and in late 2023, she will transition to a new leadership role, serving as a member of the Daughter of Charity’s Provincial Council in St. Louis. St. Ann’s Board of Directors has formed a search committee for a new CEO to continue, adapt and grow the agency’s mission. Daughters of Charity will continue to live and volunteer at St. Ann’s.

In a statement, Washington Cardinal Wilton Gregory praised the impact that Sister Mary Bader has had in leading St. Ann’s.

“Our Archdiocese and the entire metro Washington, D.C. community are tremendously grateful for the caring and effective leadership of Sister Mary Bader over her past 18 years of service at St. Ann’s Center as Chief Executive Officer,” Cardinal Gregory said. “Sister Mary has enabled countless families in our region to heal, thrive and grow toward bright new futures. Sister Mary, thank you for all you have done for the mothers and their children who have called and continue to call St. Ann’s Center home. You will be greatly missed and fondly remembered for your kindness, generosity, and commitment to the mission of St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth, and Families...” 

Continue reading Sister Mary's interview at the Catholic Standard website: 

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