|Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace.|
Sister Marie Celeste joined the Franciscan Sisters in 1952, spending her first two years of novitiate training working in a hospital affiliated laundry. She went on to business office management at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Eight years later she attended St. Bonaventure University in New York where she obtained her degree in management. She moved to Tampa in 1965, becoming St. Joseph’s assistant administrator and, later in 1970, its chief executive.
Sister Celeste was the Administrator of St. Joseph’s Hospital for 23 years and much of what we are today is a testament to her vision and leadership. Under her guidance, St. Joseph’s Hospital grew from a 440-bed hospital to an entire health care system that provides comprehensive health care services to the residents of Hillsborough County in all phases of life.
Upon retiring she was appointed President Emeritus of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Chair of the Allegany Health System board of directors.
Sister Marie Celeste Sullivan, OSF, died peacefully on the evening September 7th, 2016 at the Motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany in New York. She was an extraordinary woman, an exemplary Franciscan and a beloved friend to many. We extend our sympathies and prayers to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and to the community of John Knox Village, where Sister Celeste resided in her later years.
For those wishing to commemorate her passing, gifts can be made to the St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation for Mission Services here.