Andrea Vettori, MSN, CRNP is a certified registered nurse practitioner who has spent much of her adult life ministering to the homeless both in Boston and in Philadelphia where she currently serves as the clinical director of the Mary Howard Health Center, a nurse-managed health center dedicated to the care of persons affected by homeless at all points along the housing continuum.
She is a vowed member of the Companions in Mercy, a non-canonical lay community dedicated to incorporating the charism of the Sisters of Mercy and the gospels into their lives. She has taken a life-long vow of prayer, community and ministry to the poor.
Andrea has spent her adult life ministering to those on the margins of society including Native Americans, migrant farm workers, families living in public housing and also volunteered in Africa as a member of the World Health Organization’s polio eradication program. Andrea believes deeply in the inseparable nature of faith and our lived experience and the transcendent nature of God woven through all aspects of our lives.
Since the termination of her married partner from Waldron Mercy Academy, Andrea and Margie have spoken out publicly about the need for the Church to be more inclusive both in its teachings and its doctrine. Their story was featured in a video published by the Human Rights Campaign and were guests of the HRC at the White House ceremony welcoming Pope Francis.
Andrea and Margie were most recently invited by the Pennsylvania Youth Congress to be keynote speakers for National Coming Out Day at the Pennsylvania State House. Andrea has been a guest on talk radio and CNN’s Michael Smerconish show, along with numerous local news organizations where she expressed her deep desire to maintain her relationship with the Catholic Church, along with her commitment to advocate for change for its LGBT members.