For many years, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart were known as educators and nurses. Today, we continue in those ministries in modified roles and a variety of settings. Here we share some of the more creative ways our Sisters meet different needs in our modern world.

“For even the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister…”     Mk 10:45



Sister Rita Margraff and Martin Brill

Helping those who dream of a home of their own

Sister Rita Margraff, President of the Board of Interfaith Housing Development Corporation of Bucks County (Pennsylvania), pictured with Mr. Martin Brill, treasurer of the Board of Interfaith Housing

“Marguerite d’Youville opened her heart and her home to those who did not have a home. My ministry allows me to follow her example in modern times, providing homes to those in need.”


Helping young people grow in faith

Sister Eileen Spanier, Catholic Campus Minister, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

“Young people want opportunities to share their faith, energy, time and talent with those in need. Students have welcomed me into their midst and I am in awe of their generosity, their trust and the candidness of their conversations.”


Driven by love

Sister Joan Marie McCann, 2011 transplant recipient and volunteer driver for the Gift of Life Family House, Philadelphia

“I want to give back, to support the transplant community. I drive transplant patients to and from their appointments. I don’t just drive, though. I reach out to them with reassurance and hope, compassion they need at this often frightening time in their life journey.”


The Grey Nuns