Sister Elaine Davia is marking her 50th year with the Sisters of Bon Secours, a religious congregation of Roman Catholic women headquartered in Marriottsville.
The Sisters of Bon Secours celebrated her 50th jubilee with a Mass and a meal last month.
Davia joined the Sisters of Bon Secours in 1964 and professed her final vows in 1975.
"I had a call to work with those who are poor," Davia said. "Most of my ministerial life in Bon Secours has been working as a family nurse practitioner. My focus has been on helping people stay well with a special calling toward being with poor people. This calling has put me on a mobile health unit, in rural and inner-city areas, in Appalachia with migrant farm workers and even in South Africa."
Davia is a nurse practitioner at Access Carroll in Westminster and St. Francis Outreach Center at Bon Secours Hospital in Baltimore.
She serves on the boards of Bon Secours Health System and Bon Secours Hampton Roads. She also is a board member of the National Religious Formation Conference.
As part of her service with the Sisters of Bon Secours, Davia was a nurse practitioner at Bon Secours facilities in Methuen, Massachusetts; Baltimore; Richmond and Portsmouth, Virginia; and Port Charlotte, Florida.
She worked as a nurse practitioner in rural areas around Richmond from 1973 to 1981 and, from 1990 to 1998, at Bon Secours Maryview Hospital, where she started the Elm Avenue Center for Health.
Davia opened the Clínica de Ayuda in Arcadia, Florida, caring for migrant farm workers from 1998 to 2005.
Davia is the formation director for the Sisters of Bon Secours and Circle of Community coordinator for the congregation's community in Marriottsville. Previously, she was the vocation and candidate director and has served in additional leadership positions through her years with the Sisters of Bon Secours.
She graduated from the Bon Secours School of Nursing, where she earned her registered nurse diploma in 1970. She continued her education, earning certification as a family nurse practitioner, a Bachelor of Science degree in liberal arts and a Master of Science degree in pastoral counseling.
The Congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, founded in Paris in 1824, is described as bringing "compassion, healing and liberation to those it serves, especially those who are sick, suffering, poor or dying. Whether in health care, education or social services, in hospitals, senior care facilities, clinics or parishes, in towns and cities or isolated villages, Bon Secours responds to a universal need: to provide to all who suffer a reason to live and a reason to hope." The congregation's ministries include the Retreat and Conference Center at Bon Secours in Marriottsville.