“We can't be maudlin about this,” Sister Mary Jean Ryan said of the changing situation for nuns.
By KEVIN SACK
Published: August 20, 2011
ST. LOUIS — When Sister Mary Jean Ryan entered the convent as a young nurse in 1960, virtually every department of every Catholic hospital was run by a nun, from pediatrics to dietary to billing. After her retirement on July 31 as the chief executive of one of the country’s largest networks of Catholic hospitals, only 11 nuns remained among her company’s more than 22,000 employees, and none were administrators.
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