Sister Joseph M. Casey, L.C.M., or Sister Joseph, as her Little Company of Mary family and friends know her, is the most tenured employee in Little Company of Mary’s history. Sister Joseph Casey began her career at Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) at age 14 as a dedicated nurses’ aide. She is a longtime Beverly resident who now resides in Evergreen Park. Sister Joseph clearly remembers her first encounter with the Little Company of Mary Sisters at age three, when she visited her rheumatic fever stricken brother in the hospital.
“I was too young to visit the pediatric unit, so the Sisters would watch me while my parents visited my brother,” explained Sister Joseph. “I remember how much I admired them and wanted to emulate them. I feel blessed that I am now a part of this wonderful heritage of Sisters.”
Sister Joseph attended the Formation House in Indiana from 1947 to 1949 where she professed her vows. She then became a Little Company of Mary Nursing School alum and went on to receive a Bachelor’s Degree from Syracuse University and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, both in New York. Sister Joseph earned scholarships to both schools.
Sister Joseph chose to be named after Saint Joseph because he was the topic of many conversations with her beloved Italian mother during her childhood years. Ironically, Saint Joseph is the Patron Saint of Workers, and Sister Joseph Casey happens to have a work ethic like none other.
Sister Joseph served as the Director of Pediatrics at LCMH from 1967 to 1979, where she spent many days and nights caring for children and comforting their families. After working with pediatric patients, she went on to serve as the patient advocate for LCMH and joined the Patient Representative Society of Illinois.
Sister Joseph was deeply influenced by longtime friend, Reverend Daniel J. Harrigan, O.S.A. She was humbled and honored when she was made an Affiliate of the Augustinian Order in 1984.
Sister Joseph first realized she wanted to serve God during her First Holy Communion ceremony. Since then, her good works have touched countless people. Sister Joseph has strong ties to the community and is easily recognized throughout the Hospital and community by her infectious smile.
On Sunday, October 15th, Reverend R. William Sullivan, O.S.A. and Reverend Benedykt Pazdan celebrated a beautiful 70th Jubilee mass for Sister Joseph Casey, L.C.M. The celebration mass was held at Little Company of Mary Hospital’s Maternal Heart of Mary Chapel in Evergreen Park.
About the Little Company of Mary Sisters
Three Sisters of the Little Company of Mary came to the United States in 1893 at the request of a Chicago civic leader whose wife had been cared for by the Sisters in Rome. The Sisters continued caring for the sick and dying in the Chicagoland area for 37 years before building the original Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) in Evergreen Park in 1930. Continuing their mission of caring for the sick in their homes, LCMH was the one of the first hospitals to offer hospice care to the metropolitan Chicago community in the 1970s. LCMH experienced an even bigger first in 1950, when three of its physicians performed the very first human organ transplant of a kidney, creating worldwide medical history. Little Company of Mary’s compassion for the sick is deep-rooted. Venerable Mary Potter, founder of the Little Company of Mary Sisters, fought a personal battle with cancer. Today, our commitment to providing care for the sick and dying continues through the legacy of the Little Company of Mary Sisters and through the empowered laity – the Greater Company of Mary.