Sister Sheila Anne Smith celebrates 60 years as an Ursuline Sister

Sister Sheila Anne Smith is celebrating her 60th year as an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph. She was born in Butler, Pa., but as a child her family moved to Farmington, N.M. Sister Sheila Anne is a prayerful person who spent 35 years often serving the poor and Native Americans in her beloved Southwest. She graduated from Brescia College in Owensboro, Ky., in 1966 with a degree in history.

She was a teacher in Kentucky at St. Catherine School, New Haven (1966-72), and Our Lady of Mercy School in Hodgenville (1972-73). She then served  at Lourdes Elementary School in Nebraska City, Neb. (1973-76). She served in health care at Maple Mount (1976-79) before returning to the Southwest.

Sister Sheila Anne taught in New Mexico at St. Joseph School in San Fidel (1979-80), and St. Anthony School in Zuni (1980-82), then became religious education coordinator at St. Charles Borromeo School in Albuquerque (1982-85). She then turned her attention to the poor in Arizona, serving as a member of the Desert House of Prayer in St. Michaels (1985-86); a catechist and home minister for Saint Anne Mission in Klagetoh (1986-87); parish ministry at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Greasewood (1987-92); and director of religious education for Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Holbrook (1992).

She returned to Albuquerque in 1993 as a staff member at the Dominican Retreat House (1993-94), then served as a tutor (1994-2014), a writer for various children’s magazines (1994-2010) and as a consultant for Loyola Press (1994-2010).

She returned to Maple Mount as an assistant to the archivist (2014-16). She plays music during the monthly anointing services in Saint Joseph Villa, and delivered mail on the campus from 2016-21. Since 2016, she has crotcheted filter socks for the Water With Blessings ministry.

Congratulations Sister Shelia Anne!

Friends can write to her at 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.

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