Sr. Anne Sullivan entered Maryknoll from St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Milwaukee, WI. She began contemplating the religious life in her sophomore year of high school where she met a Maryknoll priest who was assigned as a teacher. She said, “Through Father John, I came to know and love the foreign mission work of Maryknoll.”
While working as a postal clerk in the U.S Government Post Office in Detroit, she applied to Maryknoll, and shortly after receiving a letter of acceptance from Mother Mary Joseph (foundress of Maryknoll Sisters), she entered the congregation in September 1943. Sister Anne made profession of vows in March 1946, and graduated from Maryknoll Teachers College with a Bachelor’s degree in education in 1949.
She was first assigned to New York Chinatown where she taught kindergarten at Transfiguration School for 4 years. She later spent 16 years in Hawaii teaching in secondary schools.
In the early 1970s, she served in education ministry in Guatemala. She taught ESL, music, and supervised primary school teachers. In addition to teaching, she was also involved with formation of Christian communities through prayer groups and home visiting.
Sister Anne returned to Maryknoll Sisters Center, New York in 1977. Since then she has served in various offices including reception, health care, and development. She is currently an active member in Maryknoll Sisters Eden Community.