About Us

Vincentian Collaborative System is a Catholic not-for-profit health care and human services organization that coordinates three senior care communities in the greater Pittsburgh, PA area – Vincentian Home, Vincentian de Marillac and Marian Manor.

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, these ministries offer a continuum of care for more than 500 seniors, including independent living, personal care, memory care, short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing. Vincentian also operates Vincentian Villa, an independent living community in the North Hills, a charitable foundation and two child care centers.

The Vincentian system traces its history back to the Holy Rosary Cottage founded in McCandless by the Sisters in 1924 to serve 24 residents. Today, VCS employs more than 800 people in Western Pennsylvania, providing high-quality, rewarding jobs that emphasize compassionate care in the tradition of the Sisters.

Vincentian is sponsored by the
A worldwide ministry

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Mission & Values
Compelled by the love of Christ, Vincentian Collaborative System nurtures and sustains a ministry of compassionate care that preserves the human dignity of persons within a diverse and changing society.
  • Spirituality
  • Compassion
  • Dignity
  • Quality
  • Stewardship
  • Advocacy
  • Collaboration
  • Innovation


Vincentian Administrative Leadership

Nick Vizzoca
President and Chief Executive Officer

Susan Black, MS
Executive Director of Partner Resources

Mary D. Craig, MLLS, CHC, CHCP
Vice President, Corporate Compliance

Patricia Embree
Vice President, Innovation & Decision Support

Sr. LaVerne Sihelnik, SCN
Vice President, Mission Integration

Sr. Mary Ann Genovich, SCN
Vice President, Mission Integration

Member Ministries Leadership

Laurie Cannella, NHA
Administrator, Vincentian Home

Larry Hayward

Manager, Vincentian Villa Independent Living Community

Susan Lewandowski, NHA
Administrator, Vincentian Marian Manor

Jill Paragi

Director, Vincentian Child Development Center

Lisa Pindilli
Director, Marian Manor Child Care

Jennifer Pruett, NHA
Administrator, Vincentian de Marillac

Amanda Topnick

Administrator, Vincentian Home Personal Care

Webmaster & Media Inquiries

J. Jude Hazard
Director of Communications

Vincentian Board of Directors

Rosemary Hanrahan

Gretchen Jezerc
Vice Chairperson

Kimberly Griffith

Sr. Donna Smith, SHS

Christopher Azzara
Mary Ann Bell
William Congelio
Sally Cunningham
Sr. Sarah Geier, SCN
Terry Hart
Sr. Christina Becket, SCN
Rebecca O'Connor
Mark Thompson
Anthony Turo
Thomas Zahren

Sr. Grace Fabich, SHS

Nick Vizzoca

Vincentian Charitable Foundation

Board of Directors

Kimberly Gannon

Sr. Diane Smith, SHS

Raymond Buehler

R. Joseph Federowicz

Patsy O'Toole

Robert Taskey

Sal Sirabella

Nick Vizzoca

Vincentian Child Development Center

Board of Directors

Virginia Riegner

Sr. Corrine Giel, SCN
Vice Chairperson

Sr. Patricia Myers, SHS

Sr. Dorothy Dolak

Amy Dolan Strano

Nick Vizzoca,Ex-Officio


The Vincentian system traces its history back to the Holy Rosary Cottage founded in McCandless by the Sisters in 1924 to serve 24 residents.
Important Dates:

The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were founded out of the need to provide religious education for children of more than a thousand Catholic families who had migrated to Kentucky from Maryland after the Revolutionary War. Father John Baptist David sought women willing to devote their lives to the service of the Church. From six that responded, Catherine Spalding was elected first superior of the Congregation. The Sisters moved to Nazareth, KY and built Nazareth Academy to accommodate one hundred boarders.

SCN Sisters opened Presentation Academy in Louisville, KY — the first Catholic school in the city, then St. Vincent Orphanage and St. Joseph Infirmary to care for Cholera victims and orphans of the epidemic, firsts among their institutions of social service and health care.

SCN Sisters nursed wounded and dying soldiers on both sides of the Civil War in Kentucky military hospitals. President Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter regarding the SCNs during the war.

Vincentian Sisters of Charity in Pittsburgh, PA were founded when the original six VSC Sisters emigrated to the United States from Szatmar, Austria-Hungary to minister to the enormous numbers of recent Slovak immigrants. Within two years, the parishioners of St. Michael's built them a small convent. Local girls interested in a religious life began to inquire about entering the order. A few years later A VSC novitiate was established and the first postulant in America was admitted.

VSC purchased land in Pittsburgh’s North Hills for a larger facility to accommodate increased activities and membership of the Community. A new motherhouse was dedicated.

Six SCN Sisters opened a hospital and clinic in India to treat people with leprosy which lead to advancing adult education, encouraging community development, overseeing programs for the disabled, helping to empower and educate women and families and other groundbreaking programs. The first of many global ventures.

SCN congregation members were engaged in two colleges, more than 30 high schools, and over a 100 elementary schools. Countless children were given homes in six orphanages, and thousands of patients received care in 12 hospitals. Six nurses’ training schools extended the SCN service.

During the Civil Rights movement SCN Sisters were recognized for their work in try to bring equality to all.

SCN Sisters began outreach in Belize, Central America and open ministries in Nepal.

SCN Sisters were among the first in Kentucky to open up their nursing home to AIDS patients — changing the law to make it possible. Since 1986, Nazareth Home has offered long-term care for persons with AIDS and support for their families.

Four SCNs served on the founding board of directors for the first non-profit in Kentucky serving women and children with AIDS, the House of Ruth. The Mission Statement of the SCN General Assembly formally proclaimed the international nature of the Congregation and ministry in a multicultural world. The Sisters and Associates commit themselves to work for justice in solidarity with oppressed peoples, especially the economically poor and women and to care for the earth.

SCN Sisters began ministry in Botswana, Africa. Vincentian Sisters of Charity Sisters in Pittsburgh and Sisters of Charity of Nazareth of Kentucky merge.