Ministering at the moment of birth, in the sacred time of dying, and everything in between, Sister Maryann Engelhardt, SDS (formerly Sr. Joseph Marie) has embraced the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of health and wellness. Sr. Maryann found her lifelong nursing profession and healing ministry after graduating from Divine Savior High School in Milwaukee. She attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Wausau, Wis., and later received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University. Sr. Maryann practiced nursing for 40 years in Wausau, the Madison, Wis. area and Phoenix.
While in Arizona, she earned her master’s degree in community mental health, and worked in hospital psychiatric departments and community mental health programs. Sr. Maryann was a member of Wausau Hospital’s first board of directors, and also served six years in provincial leadership for the Sisters of the Divine Savior. Upon retiring from active ministry she used her nursing expertise to support Salvatorian Sisters facing urgent or serious health care issues.