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.