Sister Anna Margaret Kern

A lifetime dedication to education … meet 70th jubilarian, Sister Anna Margaret Kern.

Sister Anna Margaret, baptized Helen Margaret, was born in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri. She was received into the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1948. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Fontbonne College in 1967.

In 1950, Sister Anna served two years as general help at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in St. Louis. She moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1952 and taught for 10 years at St. Joseph Carondelet Child Center.

In 1962, she taught at St. Paul Grade School in Negaunee, Michigan. A year later, she returned to St. Louis to teach elementary education at St. Jude Grade School (1963-65) and then St. Joseph’s Home for Boys (1965-66).

After completing her bachelor’s degree, Sister Anna Margaret served in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for the next 38 years. She taught at St. Vincent de Paul Grade School (1967-69) and Most Holy Rosary (1969-75). She was then secretary at St. Louis Cathedral Grade School for five years before returning to teaching at St. Louis Saints John & James Grade School (1980-87) and Good Shepherd Grade School (1987-2005).

Sister Anna retired in 2005. Since 2013, she has resided at Nazareth Living Center carrying out her mission of prayer and presence.