Sisters of the Neighborhood: Sister Sue Sabol

Sister Sue Sabol has been a Healthcare Coordinator for the Sisters of St. Joseph Brentwood for the past eight years. Sister Sue applied for this position as soon as it was created because it was a perfect fit for her skill set, which included extensive experience in the healthcare field. She spends her days traveling throughout Nassau and Suffolk to follow up on our Sisters’ care needs, working in collaboration with Sister Joan Deering (Healthcare Coordinator for Brooklyn and Queens), Regionals Sister Elizabeth Myles and Sister Phyllis Esposito, and our Congregational Director of Health Christine Carlin. Sister Sue enjoys that hers is such a collaborative ministry.

In her position, Sue is responsible for the care of Sisters, which means she follows up with social workers or case managers at hospitals and maintains contact with administrators at living with assistance facilities, among other things. Sister Sue, who has also worked in education and parish outreach, has spent the majority of her career in healthcare. She worked as an emergency medical technician and also as an administrator of ambulatory surgery at St. Johns Hospital in Queens. As our Sisters have gotten older, she has been overjoyed to put her considerable experience to good use for the Congregation. Sister Sue also says that managing her own parents’ care when they were sick truly prepared her for her role.

When this position was announced on paper eight years ago, two Sisters in particular – Sister Claire Rapp and Sister Elizabeth Looney – encouraged Sue to apply for the job, and she will never forget their support and advice. Sister Sue states that knowing this would be her last active ministry, there was nothing better than using her skills and background to “come back home” and serve our Sisters. As a result of her position, she has gotten close with so many of the Sisters that she has managed the care for – including some that were her own high school teachers. She is happy to provide a human touch to the healthcare environments which can be filled with so much red tape.