If her first calling was to join the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet community, Sister Adele O’Sullivan’s second was a literal phone call, expressing the need for a doctor to serve the homeless.
“My community trained me to be a doctor. I was a sister first, and then I went to medical school with the goal in mind of taking care of the poor. I had been working in various settings with the poor when I got a phone call that they needed a doctor for the homeless, 20 years ago. And obviously the need to open medical respite was a need that had been so well acknowledged in the community for a long time … it was waiting for me.”