Sr. Annette Dempsey Celebrates her Golden Jubilee
Annette entered Mt. Oliver in 1960 and made First Profession there in 1962. Her first mission appointment was to Maramba School, in Zambia. Here, she quickly made a name for herself as a teacher of mathematics, paying special attention to those students who lagged behind and were in need of extra help. Through offering extra tuition, she ensured that every girl made the grade in maths. Her belief in others and her infinite patience paid off and got results.
From 1978- 1982 Annette held the position of Bursar General in the Congregation. Later in Kamwokya, a densely populated slum area of Kampala, Uganda, she had a change of career, taking up the challenge of
Pastoral Ministry to many people suffering from the effects of H.I.V. and Aids. In this ministry, Annette made many friends through her genuine love and compassion for suffering people. This ministry to the sick is continued by Annette as she endears herself to our sick sisters in St. Francis Nursing Home, offering that same compassion and support.
Annette continues to live out her motto daily “Because of God’s love”. We congratulate her on her many years of faithful service to God’s people and wish them “Ad multos annos .”
Most special of all was the Thanksgiving Eucharist celebrated by my cousin, Fr. John Killeen.
For the Franciscan spirit of joy, laughter and community I say “Deo Gratias” for my vocation as a FMSA.