Sister Anne Doherty

Sister Anne Doherty (formerly Sister Dennis) was born in Indianapolis, Indiana May 6, 1928. She entered the Sisters of Providence January 9, 1946. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies and education in 1963 from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a Master of Arts degree in psychology in 1966 from Catholic University, and a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology and counseling in 1969 from Catholic University. She also did post-doctoral studies at the University of Southern California from 1970 to 1972. She taught at schools in Illinois and Indiana and served as associate professor of psychology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Other positions were: staff psychologist for Vigo County Guidance Clinic, Terre Haute; chief psychologist/associate director of clinical services at the Hamilton Center, Terre Haute; associate professor of pastoral psychology at Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Ma. Sister Anne was elected general superior on July 9, 1981, and served until 1986.

Important events during Sister Anne Doherty’s administration were: razing the old novitiate wing and the construction of a new infirmary – Karcher Hall; renovations in Providence and Owens Halls, including Owens chapel; major renovation of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in connection with the necessary replacement of the floor; sale of Immaculata property in Washington, DC; development of a long-range plan for formation; formation of a committee to research alternate uses for Foley Hall; a committee to begin planning for the Sesquicentennial celebration; the establishment of the Development Council; Mother Theodore’s Cause moved forward in the approval of the Positio written by Sister Joseph Eleanor Ryan.

After completing her term, Sister Anne served the Diocese of Monterey, California as marriage tribunal advocate and psychologist from 1986 to 1990. From 1990 to 1995 she worked as tribunal advocate for the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. From 1995 to 1996 she worked at the Community Mental Health Center in Batesville, Indiana. This was followed by two years as clinical and school psychologist for Providence Self-Sufficiency Ministries at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Beginning in 1998, Sister Anne has been a volunteer in retirement/residential services at the motherhouse. Sister Anne died on Feb. 3, 2013.