Sister Anne Karen Brannick, M.M. Maryknoll Sister for 80 Years, Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Anne Karen Brannick died on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY. She was 101 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for 80 years.

On May 18, 1921 Anne Karen Brannick was born in Rockford, IL to Mary Ellen (Riordan) and Michael Brannick.  She had three brothers who have predeceased her.  She had no sisters.  Her nieces and nephews survive her.

From 1935 to 1939, Anne Karen attended Aquin High School in Freeport, IL.   She then attended the Rosary College in River Forest where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1943. She continued her studies at the University of Hawaii and received her Master’s in Social Work in 1954.

She entered the Maryknoll Sisters in Maryknoll, NY on September 7, 1943 from St. Mary’s Parish in Rockford, IL.  She pronounced her First Profession of Vows on March 7, 1946 in Maryknoll, NY and her Final Vows on March 7, 1947 in Honolulu, HI.

In 1946, she received her first mission assignment to Nuuanu, Punahou, Hawaii where she worked in social services. She became the Superior of the Maryknoll Sisters Community in Punahou in 1960.

Sister returned to Rockford, IL for family ministry from 1964 until 1966. From 1966-68, Sister was assigned to the Western US Region in Monrovia, CA where she was in charge of the Medicare program in the Admissions office in the hospital.

In 1968, Sister returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.  She held in various positions and many different jobs until 2006. She worked on the Switchboard in 1968-1977; in the Research and Planning Department in 1977-1982; in the Rogers Library in 1983-1987. She became the Rogers Library Administrator which became Rogers Library Administrator and Research Services in 1990-2003.  In 2004 Sister Anne Karen volunteered in the Treasury department and worked for Telephone Services until 2012.

In 2012 she retired to the Eden Community at the Center until her death.

Funeral Services:

A Vespers Service will be held for Sister Anne Karen on Monday, May 1, 2023 at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023 at 10:00 A.M. at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.