Sister Ann Carol Brielmaier, M.M.
Current Ministry Location-Maryknoll Sisters Center
Sister Ann Carol Brielmaier, a native of St. Louis, entered Maryknoll in 1943. A cheerful but reserved young woman with an earnest desire to spread the love of God, she soon found herself setting out for South China and forty-two years of foreign mission.
On arriving in 1947, Sister Ann Carol spent a year studying Cantonese in Wuchow before immersing herself in mission work. She taught English, sewing, and Gregorian chant to Chinese Sisters at a Maryknoll-associated Novitiate until the Communist government placed her under house arrest in 1949.
It was not until 1951 that Sister Ann Carol and her companions were released into Hong Kong, but that very year, despite all that she had experienced, Sister Ann Carol succeeded in earning her B.A. in Geography and English at Hong Kong University.
In 1955, Sister Ann Carol taught sixth grade for a year before going to the Philippines to continue her studies. The next year, however, she was back in Hong Kong, serving first as the Principal of a girls’ high school and then as the Director of a girls’ hostel. Sister Ann Carol taught and served as Principal by turns in secondary schools for the next twelve years, returning to the Maryknoll Center at the end of this period to offer Congregational Service as the Hospitality Coordinator.
Sister Ann Carol then spent four years as the Director of a Pastoral Center in Macau, where she sought to help the poor in their struggle to acquire necessary assistance from charities and governmental agencies.
In 1994, Sister Ann Carol returned to the U.S. to work in Maryknoll’s West Coast Promotion Office until her retirement in 2000. She was an active and cheerful member of the Monrovia Community.