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Sister Mary Ann Osborne

Sister Mary Ann Osborne (above) with the title piece from her "Love Cannot Wait" exhibition in 2014, where she paired her artwork with imagined diary entries that she wrote of Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger, SSND foundress.

"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."



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