Current Mission Location – Maryknoll Sisters Center- Maryknoll, NY
Sister Anastasia was born February 10th, 1957 in Landstuhl, Germany to Shirley Lott and Vernon Lott. In addition, she had 4 sisters and 4 brothers. Sister Anastasia graduated from Bishop Amat Memorial High School in La Puente, CA in 1975. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from the University of San Diego, CA in 1979.Her journey of mission and service to the poor has taken a number of turns. After graduating from the University of San Diego, CA with a Bachelor of Arts Chemistry in 1979, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Utica, NY before joining the Maryknoll Lay Missioner Program.
Sister Anastasia entered the Congregation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, NY on September 6th, 1986. She professed First Vows at the Sisters Center November 1st, 1987 and Final Vows March 25th, 1995 in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa.
Sister Anastasia was assigned to Kenya in 1987. However, she studied the Swahili Language in Tanzania before serving in Bura-Tana, Kenya, until 1996. As part of the pastoral team serving both nomadic and resettled people in an irrigation project, Sister Anastasia participated in programs of small Christian communities, administered a series of small rural dispensaries, helped with training community-based health workers, and coordinated pastoral work for youth in the parish.
In 1997, Sister Anastasia moved to Namibia, where she was a training team member with the Christian Development Education Program of the Rundu Vicariate in the northeastern part of the country. In 1997, she earned a Master of Arts in African studies from the Maryknoll Institute of African Studies, affiliated with St. Mary’s University, Minnesota.
Prior to returning to the Sisters Center to serve in the Planned Giving office, Sister Anastasia served as Human Resources Development Officer for Catholic Health Services in Namibia. In that capacity, she helped train nurses and other hospital staff, especially on AIDS-related issues.
From 2003 – 2014 Sister Anastasia was assigned to work with our donors and sponsors in the Development Department at the Sisters Center. In addition, she became Development Director for the Congregation.
At the Congregation’s General Assembly in 2014, she was elected to the Congregational Leadership Team and served as General Secretary from 2015-2021. In addition to serving as leadership liaison to East Asia, South America, and Monrovia, she represented Maryknoll Sisters on two committees related to Maryknoll Sisters’ Dominican roots.