Sister Sheila Brosnan, SC, was elected to a four-year term as Regional Coordinator at Assembly 2015. Before her election in April, 2015, she served as Vice President for Mission Integration at Archcare (2010–2015). She previously served as Regional Coordinator for the Congregation from 1995 to 2003.
Education was Sister Sheila’s first ministry. She taught for nine years at three schools: St. Charles Borromeo in Brooklyn, Our Lady of Mercy in Port Chester, and St. Joseph by the Sea High School in Staten Island. Her first foreign mission came in 1971 when she served as a pastoral worker in Santiago, Chile until 1974. Her return to the U.S. brought her back to the education ministry, teaching Spanish at St. Barnabas High School in the Bronx for one year before returning to school to study nursing.
After her training, Sister Sheila served in Novillero, Guatemala, both as a nurse and a missionary from 1978 until 1985. During her time in Guatemala, she not only utilized her Spanish speaking skills, she learned Quiché, one of the indigenous languages of the region. Upon her return to the States, Sister Sheila served as a nursing supervisor at Little Sisters of Assumption (1985–1987) and St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Centers (1987–1990), both in Manhattan. From 1990 to 1995, she served as Pastoral Associate at St. Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan until she was elected to Sisters of Charity Leadership. After two terms in Leadership, Sister Sheila served as Senior Vice President for Mission at St. Vincent Catholic Medical Center in Staten Island until 2007, then studied at the Jesuit School of Theology before serving in the same role at St. Vincent’s in Manhattan (2008–2010).
Sister Sheila earned a BA in Spanish from the College of Mount Saint Vincent, an MA in Spanish from Hunter College, a BSN in Nursing from the State University of New York, and an MA in Religious Studies from Fordham University.
A native Staten Islander, Sister Sheila attended Our Lady Help of Christians and St. Peter’s High School in that borough. She entered the Sisters of Charity in 1959; her religious name was Sister Denis Marie.