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Each day of National Catholic Sisters Week, we will be sharing the stories of our Jubiliarian Sisters, those celebrating significant anniversaries in religious life!  One of our Diamond Jubilarian sisters is celebrating 70 YEARS of service to Christ, Church, and Community…

Sister Ann

Sister Ann grew up in Aberdeen, SD and attended St. Mary’s grade school and Central High School. After graduation (1945) “to test if I really had a vocation,” she joined the Yankton monastic community. She professed first vows in 1947 and made final vows in 1950. She received a B.A. from Mount Marty College, an M.A. from Creighton University and, after several years as a grade and high school instructor, a Ph.D. from Notre Dame University. After teaching at Mount Marty College for 37 years, in 2010 she was honored by the college with an Honorary Doctorate and induction into the Lancer Hall of Fame and later, Aberdeen’s High School Hall of Fame inducted her in 2012.

Sr. Ann has authored a Benedictine history book, articles for periodicals, and chapters for edited books. She also was a lecturer at many sites throughout a number of states—from east to west coasts and responded to requests for several book reviews that were for publication. South Dakota’s governors have appointed her to chairmanships or memberships to state advisory councils for state departments that concerned the elderly or criminal justice and state prisons. Now a Professor Emerita, she writes website blogs and assists in special roles in the monastery’s care center where she now resides.

“I never could have envisioned my touching the lives of over 4,000 students, responding to what others also needed
from me, while enjoying a blessed, fulfilling and rewarding spiritually-orientated life for over 70 years.”

Join us in praying for Catholic Sisters and Nuns who continue to seek God’s Will and serve God’s people throughout our nation.  Pray also for women who continue to discern God’s will in their lives.

Loving God, by your grace,
Catholic Sisters throughout the world continue to respond to Your Baptismal invitation
to live lives dedicated to prayer and loving service.
Enkindle in their hearts a renewed desire to be zealous servants of the Gospel
and continuing signs of Your presence in our world.
Preserve and strengthen in them the passion and the vision
to welcome and to serve all Your people without hesitation or pause.
As they strive to live the mission of their respective congregations,
empower them to do so with courageous simplicity,
consecrated celibacy, and committed obedience to Your will.
We ask this in union with Jesus the Christ,
who showed these dedicated women the way to living in union with You.  Amen.
~Mary Rose Romeo, SSJ

Blessings to you,
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