“I am continuously challenged to know, love and serve God and the people of God in a wide variety of situations. Together with members of the different communities where I have lived, I seek to participate in bringing about God’s reign of love.” Sister Anastasia has had a most varied missionary life, having begun as a lay missioner in Venezuela then joining the Maryknoll Sisters’ Congregation after which she served the people of Kenya and Namibia. She is now the Director of the Development office at our center at Maryknoll, New York.
Sister Anastasia Lott was born in 1957 in Germany, where her father was stationed with the United States Air Force. She spent most of her younger years in California, but has also lived in Wisconsin and New York. Her journey of mission and service to the poor has taken a number of turns. After graduating from the University of San Diego, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Utica, New York, before joining the Maryknoll Lay Missioner Program. She worked in Venezuela from 1982 until entering the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in 1986.
Professed in November 1987, Sister Anastasia studied 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.
Prior to returning to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to serve in the congregation’s 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.
For the last nine years, Sister Anastasia’s ministry has been with our donors and sponsors. This has given her a wonderful opportunity to share with the great people who make our mission work possible through their prayers and financial support. It has also involved a lot of learning. She is currently Development Director for the Congregation. As a member of our web committee, Sister Anastasia has been challenged to learn about electronic communications and the new social media. You can become Sister Anastasia’s friend on facebook or follow her efforts on twitter.
Read Sister Anastasia’s blog: Seeking Mission. In it she has periodic reflections on mission, discipleship and her own spiritual seeking. Your comments and participation are valued and appreciated. Or contact her directly to share your ideas about how social media can be used for mission, ministry and evangelization. E-mail: [email protected]