sister anne christine looze

August 16, 1927 - June 3, 2016

Prayerful, compassionate, gracious - a writer and a poet

"Sister Anne Christine's picture tells it all, the gracious welcoming smile, the willingness to help where needed …" —Paulette Gladis, CSJ

"Anne Christine was a woman of deep prayer… a teacher who obviously had a great love of and infl uence on her students." —Mary M. McGlone, CSJ

As a teacher, Joseph Looze saved money to pay his way through seminary training. After his philosophy courses, he left the seminary for medical training. He married, began a medical practice and a family.

On August 16, 1927, Dr. Joseph and Ida (Hannon) Looze of New Franken, Wisconsin, welcomed their third child, Marilyn. Gwen and Joe were older siblings; Clete arrived the following year. In the early days of his practice, the doctor’s waiting room was also the family living room and the girls’ bedroom by night. Ida was receptionist and bookkeeper.

When Marilyn was about five, she told her parents she wanted to become a priest and was disappointed to learn that she could not. She also started school at five and the pastor of her parish allowed her to receive First Communion at that young age. She loved to read, reading as many as 15 books a week. Nevertheless, she enjoyed being a tomboy, playing football, basketball, baseball, marbles and jack knife with the 16 boys who lived in their village. When she was 12, her mother said she needed to spend time with girls since she would be attending an all girls’ high school, St. Joseph Academy, Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Though drawn toward the Carmelites or Dominicans, Marilyn was also attracted to her high school teachers, the Sisters of St. Joseph. She entered religious life September 15, 1944, receiving the habit and the name Sister Anne Christine on March 19, 1945.

“We were close friends from my postulate and novitiate days on, both in our daily living and in our prayer life. We shared much, and we continued to share our deep prayer life mostly with letters….” —Roberta Schmidt, CSJ

She earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Fontbonne College (1957); a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana (1963); and took post-graduate courses at St. Louis University, the University of Missouri and the University of Wisconsin.

In 1947, Sister Anne Christine taught elementary children at St. Leo in St. Louis and at St. Roch, Indianapolis, Indiana. Returning to St. Louis she taught at St. Vincent de Paul (1949) and St. Rita (1950). In 1958, Sister Anne moved into secondary education at McCooey High, Hannibal, Missouri; Academy of Our Lady, Peoria, Illinois (1962); and St. Joseph Academy, Green Bay, Wisconsin (1966).

She wore bifocals at age nine by 1976, failing eyesight ended her classroom teaching. Following a sabbatical at Kresge House of Prayer, Detroit, Michigan, she cared for her mother. She took three months off to take a CPE course at Bethesda Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. On returning to family care, she also volunteered in hospice at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. In 1982, Sister Anne Christine became a pastoral associate at St. Joseph Center for Life, Augusta, Georgia, followed by ministry as hospice chaplain at St. Joseph Hospice, Augusta (1997).

In 2006, with health failing, she decided to retire at Nazareth Living Center. Judy Miller, CSJ writes: She liked to be called “Chris” in her later years, reminding her of the presence of Christ within her. She had been a prolific writer. Any card or thank-you note contained pages expressing her deep love of the Trinity and the action of God within herself and others. Her journal pages reflected her mystical experiences.

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