Dear People of Saint Anne,
We are all reminded at this Christmas time of the popular film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But for Sister Anna Marie and myself to be able to make this statement about our lives here at Saint Anne that “it’s been a wonderful life” is truly a gift and a blessing.
We believe this is so true of our approximately 50 years spent in Barrington at Saint Anne. We were privileged to share our lives and ministry with wonderful children and adults – teaching in our school, bringing new Catholics into the community through RCIA, providing adult education programs and finally, being part of various projects and groups throughout those years. We can also look back in thanksgiving for all who were members of the Saint Anne Staff and the priests with whom we served. We especially acknowledge Father Jack and profoundly thank Father Bernie whose leadership and generosity to us have been outstanding.
Sister Anna Marie has had health problems, as many of you know. Only ten days ago, two of our leadership and nursing sisters visited us and felt that she needed more medical and physical care. It became evident that she be moved into one of our School Sister care facilities which she has already done – a beautiful home where she knows she will be lovingly cared for. I have chosen, in the near future, to move into one of our community’s newly remodeled apartments in the same building as Sister Anna Marie on our main campus in Milwaukee. I am actually looking forward to enjoying a new kind of retirement.
Of course, there is sorrow in leaving Saint Anne with its truly inspirational liturgies, its opportunities for diversified and active participation and its exceptional people.
However, there is a sense of peace and anticipation in knowing we will embark on a new phase of our lives where we will reunite with our fellow sisters, many who are friends and former co-workers in ministry.
And so, we wish to shout out a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been caring and generous to us throughout our many years in Barrington. That is what we will always remember. It is in Father Bernie’s and our plan to hopefully come back when we are all settled and make it an official celebration of good bye and thanks to you personally. But for now, thanks again for a “wonderful life” with all of you! We ask that you pray for us as we will for every one of you!
God’s blessings and peace,
Sister Anna Marie and Sister Lauretta