“Does the life of our Jesus animate
us? Do we indeed give Him the
true service of the heart without
which whatever else we give has
no value?”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton


“Curiosity, too which keeps us
engaged in what is going on,
brings home many a foolish
companion for our thoughts
to break the silence and peace
our Lord desires to find in us.” 

St. Elizabeth Seton

S. Anne Hermine Gerver

Long before many Sisters began to receive spiritual direction on a regular basis in the post-Vatican II church, S. Anne Hermine Gerver counseled many who sought her out. In her positions as teacher, administrator and major superior, many Sisters knew and loved her. Perhaps what so many found attractive about her was not only her kindness, but also that she was down-to-earth. Understanding human nature and its foibles, Sister was able to accept herself and others. When they needed a willing listener who could point them in the right direction and help them navigate a difficult situation, she was one many chose.

S. Anne Hermine’s speech, her demeanor, and her presence communicated to others that she lived with Jesus. They perceived her as a peace-filled, holy woman always striving for greater intimacy with God. She was seen as a Sister of Charity visibly living the Community virtues of humility, charity and simplicity.

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