Sister Ignatia – The Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous
“The Angel of Alcoholics Anonymous.” Sister Ignatia speaks at 25th Anniversary of AA held in Long Beach, California in 1960. Starting in 1939, Sister Ignatia worked with Dr. Bob to help thousands of alcoholics at St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, where she was in charge of admissions, and where for four years before she had been secretly spiriting alcoholics in for treatment. St. Thomas became the first religious hospital to recognize the right of alcoholics to receive medical treatment for their condition. She’s credited, with, among other things, being the first person to give medallions to AAs in recovery and helping to start first Al-Anon meeting in Akron (17:53). For a brief history of Sister Ignatia, click Sister and on Ignatia .