Sister Deidre Byrne
Sister Dede is not only an active missionary sister and superior, but a board-certified family practitioner and general surgeon as well.
Sister Dede served 29 years in the US Army and retired with the rank of colonel in 2009. Sister Dede is the superior of the D.C. Little Workers of the Sacred Hearts house, where the sisters run a pro-bono physical therapy clinic and diabetic eye clinic, as well as a pre-school for underserved children.
Sister Dede’s other charitable medical/surgical service includes hands-on ministry in the rubble of the twin towers following the terrorist attack on 9-11, and annual medical missions in Kenya, Haiti and Sudan. She currently acts as the clinic director of the Spanish Catholic Center, serving the uninsured in the Washington Diocese. She is also a general surgeon who works through the clinic to serve those in need.