Sister Rosemary Connelly Steps Down As Head Of Misericordia Home

by P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times

December 10, 2021

CHICAGO — Sister Rosemary Connelly, the executive director of Misericordia Home for the past 52 years, has stepped down.

Connelly, 90, will become the new chair of the Misericordia Foundation which will focus on public relations work.

Misericordia, a Catholic charity, provides a variety of programs for approximately 600 children and adults with various developmental disabilities.

“Since 1969, you have served as a steadfast witness to our faith, growing Misercordia’s ministry and mission as a destination for children and adults with disabilities, where they can live active and rich lives in an embracing, grace-filled community,” Cardinal Blase Cupich wrote in a Nov. 11 letter to Connelly.

The Rev. Jack Clair, who has worked at Misercordia Home since 2000, is now the facility’s president and executive director.  The most immediate challenge, according to Clair, is trying to hire more people.  Misericordia has lost about 80 people since the pandemic began, he said.

The organizational changes take place as Misercordia, located at 6300 N. Ridge, prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary.