“The poor, the suffering, the sick, the homeless, the lonely, the foreigner, those who are searching for meaning in their lives–all need someone to listen to their stories and to share their hearts.”
Minnesota-born Sister Ann Sherman is a missioner, teaching basic English to disadvantaged primary school students in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Previously she worked in Seoul, where she and another Sister welcomed people, some troubled and others searching and just needing to talk, into their home.
Sister Ann taught English conversation to college students, young adults, housewives, Korean Sisters, Montessori kindergarteners for ten years. She built their confidence in English in order for the students to successfully participate in international conferences and seminars and to study abroad. Some students found new meaning by reading the bible in another language and sharing. Her gospel sharing groups wanted to practice speaking in English but she said “We also talked about our daily lives and shared from our hearts, not just parroting from a text book.”
Sister Ann was assigned to Korea in 1978 and after language study, worked as an occupational therapist in St. John of God Clinic in Kwangju from 1979 to 1982. She then worked in Galilee Children’s House as a teacher and was also a parish Eucharistic minister until 1986.
In 1986 Sister Ann was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Contemplative Community in NY. The particular expression of mission of the Sisters in the Contemplative community was the ministry of prayer and sacrifice for all Maryknollers, for the peoples they served and the mission endeavor of the Church throughout the world.
In 1991 Sister Ann spent six months with the Contemplative Community in El Quiche, Guatemala where her gifts of art and poetry were much appreciated. In 1993, Sister Ann was asked to work in the printing office at the Maryknoll Sisters Center and she spent four summers as a four star cook at the Sisters retreat and vacation house. In 1999, she returned to her beloved Korea.
She entered Maryknoll in 1976 from Faribault, Minnesota, after receiving her B.A. from Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin and teaching for six years at Our Lady of Peace Grade School. In 1978 she received her M.A. in Religious Studies from the Maryknoll Seminary.