In 1925 Mother Anna Dengel saw the need for women medical professionals to heal women and children in then-Pakistan, where women were forbidden to be treated by male doctors. She and three companions founded the order of sisters in Washington, and Philadelphia’s Cardinal Dennis Dougherty was instrumental in bringing them to Philadelphia in 1939. He also was instrumental in making a change in church law that allowed the women health professionals also to serve as religious women. See the full story on the celebration of their 75 years in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Oct. 27. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
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