Sr. Ann Johnston, OP
Born into Eternal Life October 19, 2008
Sister Ann Johnston, OP, a member of the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary, Sparkill, New York, died on October 19, 2008 in Nazareth Living Center, St. Louis, after a long illness.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 19, 1935, Ann was the oldest of four daughters of John and Georgia Harrell Johnston. She entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill on September 8, 1953 and became known as Sister Ann Joseph, professing her first vows in 1955 and final vows in 1960.
Sister Ann earned a BS in Elementary Education in 1958 from St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY; an MA in Religious Studies in 1979 from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO and a Preaching Certificate in 1994 from Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, MO.
During her professional life, Sister Ann taught in the Archdiocese of New York and St. Louis in St. Helena School Bronx, NY (1955-58); St, Elizabeth School (1958-59), Holy Redeemer School (1959-69) and St. Simon the Apostle School (1969-73) all in St. Louis, MO. From 1973-1981 Sister was a Religious Ed Coordinator in the diocese of Jefferson City, MO and the Archdiocese of New York in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Middletown, NY. From 1981-2003 she worked as a hospital chaplain at Misericordia Hospital, NY; Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT; SUNY Hospital/Stony Brook, Stony Brook, NY; and St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, MO. She retired in 2003 and offered community service until she became ill and a resident in Nazareth Living Center.
Sister Ann will be remembered most for her caring ways and friendly spirit. Sister Ann did not know any strangers. If you met her for the first time or for the thousandth time she gave you her full attention and interest in how you were doing in life at this moment. As a hospital chaplain, she continued her ministry even when she became the patient, always ministering to her caregivers and visitors and asking about their loved ones and the issues that were heavy on their hearts. She exhibited so much patience and inner peace during these final years of her illness. Her inspiration spread widely through Nazareth Living Center and gave encouragement to many of her resident friends. She will be remembered for her bright smile, her love of God and God's people, her devotion to angels, and will be missed by those who walked her life's journey with her, whether near or far. May she dance in heaven with her God who loves her and all who have preceded her and may she rest in peace. Amen.