"The greater the work the more
important it is to establish it on
a solid foundation. Thus it will
not only be more perfect; it
will also be more lasting.”

St. Louise de Marillac

“Be diligent in serving
the poor. Love the poor,
honor them, my children,
as you would honor
Christ Himself.”

St. Louise de Marillac

 

Sister of Charity Judith Ansberry Celebrates Golden Jubilee

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Sister of Charity Judith Ann Ansberry graduated from Wickliffe High School in 1961. She entered the Vincentian Sisters of Charity of Bedford, Ohio, in August 1973 after responding to an invitation from God to a deeper faith life and spirituality. Her initial interest in the Vincentian community came after meeting a Sister “who seemed free to be herself and shared her faith so spontaneously being under vows. I wanted to be that free too and to share it with others,” she recalls. Sister Judith has been doing so since, celebrating 50 years of religious life in 2023.

Sister Judith served the Cleveland Diocese in education and art therapy up until the time of her retirement in 2007. She began her teaching ministry with elementary age students at St. Pius X in Bedford in 1978 and enjoyed the variety of movement and ages she experienced through the years, which included Holy Family (Parma, Ohio), 1979-’82; Lumen Cordium High School (Bedford), 1982-’86; and St. Mary School (Bedford), 1989-’99.

“I loved the sixth through ninth graders,” she recalls. “I loved watching and hearing how they saw their own lives, their parents and grandparents lives, how they viewed the Church, where they felt it was moving/developing, and their hopes and dreams in all areas of life. I am glad I could contribute to assisting them in becoming better citizens and Christians.”

In 1997, at the age of 54, Sister Judith decided to return to college, receiving her master’s degree in art therapy from Ursuline College in 2000. She then began ministering at Light of Hearts Villa for seniors in Bedford until retirement.

One of Sister Judith’s happiest memories in religious life was the merger of her Vincentian Sisters of Charity Community with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, which took place on June 27, 2004. “I always loved Elizabeth Seton; she was a convert and so was I. I fell in love with her and the charism and mission of the Community.”

Now in retirement Sister Judith has been living at the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse since January 2019. She serves as a volunteer in the Sisters of Charity Archives. Sister also enjoys being a member of the choir, taking oil painting classes and walking both inside the Motherhouse and outside on its grounds.

As she looks to the future, Sister Judith hopes to continue to be a contributing member to the Community. “I hope to grow more gracious and spiritual as I grow into eternal life,” she says, “and to be more efficient in my ministry in the Archives. I cherish my commitment.”

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