Sister Anna Bridget Kearns

This southern belle, charmed students for 50 years. Meet 70th jubilarian, Sister Anna Bridget Kearns.

Sister Anna Bridget, baptized Anna Patricia, was born in Augusta, Georgia, the seventh of nine children. She grew up in a loving Irish, Catholic family and attended Mount St. Joseph Catholic Elementary and High Schools, staffed by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Anna’s mother always prayed that one of her daughters would become a sister and was delighted when Anna responded to the call.

Anna was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1948 and received the name Sister Anna Bridget. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in 1959 and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Hawaii in 1969. Further studies included Xavier University in New Orleans and Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

Sister Anna taught in elementary education for over 50 years, ministering in the Arch/Dioceses of Savannah, Hawaii, Boston, St. Louis and Atlanta.

Currently, she ministers in Brunswick, Georgia, with people who are homeless, in hospice care and shut-ins. Once a week, Sister Anna spends a day in third grade at St. Francis School, helping the third grade teacher whom she taught in third grade.

During her spare time, Sister Anna loves to spend time walking at the beach and with friends. She says her 70 years as a CSJ has been a blessing for her and she is grateful to the community, family and friends who have supported her along the way.