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We know that these are extraordinarily challenging times for religious institutes and their leaders. At the same time, we see extraordinary possibilities for religious institutes to invest their social capital in the creation of a more just and equitable world. We work to ensure that religious institutes realize their potential and meet the challenges of the day through the lens of their mission and charism.
Sister Mary Pellegrino
Senior Vice President, CSJ


As senior vice president at Plante Moran Cresa, Sr. Mary assists religious communities in facilitating discussions and work related to animating the mission and charism, enhancing the quality of community life, and making the transitions necessary for continuing their mission into the future. She helps to ensure that all scenarios and options are developed in the context of the mission, charism, and future of religious life, with member engagement throughout the process.

Sr. Mary’s experience includes serving for 10 years as the Congregational Moderator of her community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Baden, Pennsylvania, and in the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). In both of those roles, Sr. Mary worked to support, encourage, and promote the ongoing renewal of religious life in the face of unprecedented challenges and changes in the church, American society, and the global community. She has worked extensively with religious communities, both in the United States and beyond, and has represented women religious in the United States to various Vatican dicasteries.

As Congregational Moderator, Sr. Mary provided leadership for her congregation’s sponsored nursing home, senior living residence, and the Sisters’ enrollment and participation in Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). In addition to spirituality and the promotion of justice, her community has had a long-standing focus on care of the earth as one of its core values.

Sr. Mary has a Master of Arts in Christian spirituality from Creighton University, a Master of Arts in religious education from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.