Sister Ignatia speaks about her work with Alcoholics

In this short clip, Sister Ignatia discusses the work that she did at St. Thomas Hospital with the help of Dr. Bob and Anne Smith.


Born Della Mary Gavin in 1889 in Ireland, Sister Ignatia worked with Dr. Bob to help admit alcoholics into St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, starting in 1939. She surmounted obstacles to personally care for thousands of alcoholics over the next several decades, both in Akron and later at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland. Beloved by all who were associated with or helped by her, she was commonly referred to as the “Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous.”

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