Sister Mary Ann Osborne
"The Offering" (top right) - Sister Mary Ann explains, "Breaking through with new vision, we inspire a community where the rich will gather and wait for the offerings of the poor to nourish them."
"Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger" (lower right) - Sister Mary Ann explains, "Our foundress loved God in ordinary ways. At age 25, 11 years before she started the congregation, she wrote in a letter, 'Love Cannot Wait.' She lived her life in God's plan."
Noticing God's presence
“During my senior year of high school, I was accepted at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota. I was making plans to attend. That March, I volunteered to be a camp counselor for underprivileged kids in New York for the summer. Meanwhile, the thought kept coming back to me to be a sister. The entrance date was when I was still at the camp. I thought it would be impossible. The sisters informed me that I could come late, so there went my built-in escape. I decided to enter SSND.
“When my parents came to get me in New York, I told them I had changed my mind and did not think that I should enter because I was filled with doubt and fear. They simply made the statement that maybe I should just try it until Christmas being everything was arranged. Forty-five years later I am still here.
“Whenever I questioned myself along the way someone would appear and be there for me. I found out that all I had to do was take notice where God was present in my life and leading me in ordinary ways. This is how I approach my artwork now. It is where I make connections and share beauty with others. Through art I have had the opportunity to touch into very sacred times with people and to help educate with broader vision."
- Sister Mary Ann Osborne, SSND
"Annunciation" (below) - Sister Mary Ann explains, "Mary is afraid among those in her midst. She responds 'yes' to the Angel of God who has touched her."