Who We Are

Marycare, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that follows the beliefs of our board members. It is through their guidance we are able to not only provide health care and nutrition education programs from our base location in Harford, CT, but also ensure that your donations are reaching the people that we are trying to help instead of getting tangled up in bureaucracy. Our board members are:

  • Joy Chance-Blake, Vice President
  • Lena Butler, Secretary
  • Father Emmanuel Ihemedu
  • Bishop Peter A. Rosazza
  • Sandie Sammarco, Business Manager
  • Vernette Townsend, Director of Health Services
  • Dawn-Marie White

Featured Board Members

Anne Bates – 1937-2016 – Founder, Marycare, Inc.

Ms. Anne BatesWhen she was young, her father’s home became a refuge for overseas workers whose rights had been violated. His charitable spirit inspired her to a life of faith and service. After graduating from Smith College, she earned an associate degree in nursing, which put a formal title on what was already a quite apparent gift for nurturing.

In 1982, she was first invited on a fact-finding mission to the Philippines by a Filipino sister. This spurred several more trips to the Philippines. This landmark time in the Philippines intensified her faith and created a thirst for more mission work. She became comfortable in the shoes of a justice and peace worker, and experienced for the first time the basic Christian Community approach to community building and development. Back in the U.S., she attended the Maryknoll School of Theology and began to apply the scriptures in new ways to her vision of service.

In 1996, Anne Bates came together with a group of like-minded individuals to form Marycare, Inc. The work of Marycare, Inc. cannot be accurately described without describing more fully Anne herself. For the past 11 years, she has worked tirelessly for the poor and needy. Her selfless demeanor transcends that of a social worker or a missionary. As a result, chance encounters with Anne can often change someone’s life course. The many dedicated people who are listed on the page below can be testament to that, as many of them were abruptly swept up to become companions in her contagious life of faithful service.

Anne Bates – Obituary Father Emmanuel Ihemedu – Tribute to Anne Bates

Father Emmanuel Ihemedu – President, Marycare, Inc.

Rev. Emmanuel IhemeduFr. Emmanuel is from Imo State Nigeria, the second son and the last born of the seven children born to his parents Mr. and Mrs. Innocent Ihemedu.

Because he thought he was being called to community life, he left the Seat of Wisdom Seminary in 1997 to join the Marians of the Immaculate Conception in Argentina.

The decision to relocate to the U.S. did not come easy on him. He was challenged by the fact that Argentina offered no traces of African culture and no permanent African community; and this made enculturation much more difficult for him.

He felt that the culture and the multiple languages and races in the United States would enable him to use his gifts in language and to find others with whom he shared some cultural similarities. He then came to the U.S. in January of 2000.

In the fall of 2000, he became a full-time student at Mount St. Mary’s University & Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His seminary program took him across the many cities and towns of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Prior to his ordination to the priesthood, he held a job in a local pharmacy (Walgreen’s) as a nightshift store manager and a second job as a Technical Assistant, CenterEdge Project for the Office of Urban Affairs of the Archdiocese of Hartford. He promoted greater understanding of the efforts of the Church to address socio-economic issues of social justice in the parishes and towns of the Archdiocese of Hartford. He organized and assisted committees in the cities and towns of Hartford, New Haven and Litchfield Counties to plan and hold public education forums about the Connecticut Metro patterns report. He also Recruited and staffed committees in New Haven area cities and towns. Traveling across these cities and towns helped him understand how these towns are governmentally structured, their politics and the issues that resonate with their residents.

On May 20, 2006, his Excellency, Archbishop Henry Mansell, ordained him to the Order of priests. He is currently serving as the pastor of Saint Justin and Saint Michael Parishes in Hartford and is the chaplain at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford. Father Emmanuel coordinates Marycare, Inc.’s projects in Nigeria.

Bishop Peter Rosazza – Advisor & Emeritus Board Member

BP. Peter RosazzaBorn in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1935, Bishop Rosazza is the eldest child of late Agatha Dinneen and Aldo Rosazza. He grew up in Torrington, and attended St. Francis Elementary School and Torrington High School graduating in 1952. After one year at Dartmouth College he entered St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, Connecticut. Next he studied at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, New York and completed his four year concentration in theology at Séminare Saint-Sulpice in Paris, France. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Hartford in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on June 29, 1961.

In 1972, he was appointed co-pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Hartford. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Hartford by His Holiness Pope Paul VI and was ordained Bishop on June 24, 1978. He continued to minister at Sacred Heart until his transfer to Waterbury in 1981. In 1988, he was assigned to New Haven and resides on the grounds of the Hospital of St. Raphael. On February 2, 1997, Archbishop Cronin appointed him Episcopal Vicar for the Spanish Speaking Catholics in the Archdiocese of Hartford. He is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee for Social Development and World Peace and is liaison with Brazilian Catholics for the Committee on Migration and Refugees. He is also Bishop Advisor to the National Catholic Student Coalition. He is one of the founders of the Naugatuck Valley Project, a coalition of churches and labor union locals, as well as ECCO (Elm City Congregations Organized) a community organization of 18 churches in the New Haven area. Also, he is one of the five bishops who drafted the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on the U.S. Economy and Catholic Social Teaching. (Click here to read the Archdiocese of Hartford’s profile on Bishop Rosazza.)

Contact us to learn more about the leadership team behind our charity working in Nigeria.