St. Anne is Named Patron of Choice

by Sister Julie Ann on July 26, 2008

Polls are tooled to find out what people think about the elections, issues, events, etc. Today there is credible evidence in the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s official birthday/feastday book that St. Anne, Mary the Mother of God’s mother, is the ultimate Franciscan Sisters’ individual patronal saint of choice. Now, of course if one added together all the Marian feasts during the year, Anne’s daughter would be the most popular model of charity. 

img_4415_1319.jpgThe Twenty-nine Franciscan Sisters who personally celebrate St. Anne’s life of exemplary fidelity to the Lord include these names and more: Adrianna, Alanna, Ann Joachim, Anne, Anne Marie, Annette, Carol Ann, Evelyn Ann, Frances Ann, George Ann, Hannah, Imelda Ann, Jerianne, , Lois Ann, Lucianna, Mary Ann, Nancy and Sue Ann. One Sister, Sister Ann Joachim, holds this day in special commemoration by very fittingly relying on the intercession of both of Mary’s parents (Jesus’ grandparents Saints Anne and Joachim). Both are depicted in this stainglass window in St. Francis Chapel at the Motherhouse in Manitowoc along with their daughter.

2 thoughts on “St. Anne is Named Patron of Choice”

  1. Indeed, the heavenly commemoration of St. Anne must be grand! Just think of all the Franciscan Sisters named with “some form of Anne” since 1869!

  2. As one bearing the name of Anne I was pleased to see this article and want to comment on how proud my mom was to name me Anne (after my paternal grandmother) and Marie (after my maternal grandmother). She always insisted on using my full name, Anne Marie, so her mother would be honored also.
    For several years I have collected images of St. Anne and try to share them with some other sisters when we celebrate our common feastday.
    I picture St. Anne as both a strong and nurturing woman and I am happy to bear her name. I am particularly fond of this window in our St. Francis Chapel.

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