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IHM Receives SOAR! Award

Sister Ann Marie Pierce, IHM, was one of three SOAR! honorees at the 34th Annual New York Awards Gala held on September 16, 2020.

Sister Ann Marie received the Father Victor Yanitelli, SJ Award at the virtual gathering. Noted in the award citation, Sister Ann Marie Pierce has been a member of the Sisters of IHM for nearly 65 years. She has served as an administrator, teacher and mentor in Catholic education for more 40 years, serving as an educator and principal in numerous Catholic schools in NY, NJ, and PA. After serving in Catholic education, Sister Ann Marie, with her outgoing personality and love for life, chose to follow God’s call in another way—to serve God’s people as a hospital chaplain. In 1998, she enrolled in the chaplaincy internship program at Williamsport Hospital Medical Center.

Upon completion of that two-year internship, Sister Ann Marie returned to her native Long Island, where she had attended St. Mary’s School in Manhasset as a child, and began her ministry as a hospital chaplain at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. On a daily basis, she ministers to and seeks to meet the spiritual needs of patients and their families. In her work, Sister reaches out to the smallest of children and to families struggling with the illnesses of loved ones or at the time of the loss of a family member. With her loving and comforting smile, Sister Ann Marie Pierce is there supporting patients, young and old, and their families and loved ones who seek Jesus’ love and counsel during what can be a very difficult time in their lives.

Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, IHM (right), CEO of SOAR! presents award to Sister Ann Marie during the Awards Gala.

View the virtual celebration at