As I reflect back over the past 50 years as a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister I am filled with gratitude – to God, to my family, to my religious congregation, and to those with whom and for whom I have ministered. These years in ministry have been fulfilling ones. I can look back over my life so far and know that it has had meaning. Even through the times of challenge I have had a sense that religious life is where I am meant to be.
I do pray that any young person considering a religious vocation will remain open to that possibility, visit and talk with someone in religious life about it, and get a sense of what the life entails in our time. Much has changed over the last 50 years, but God’s call remains constant. May each of us respond to that call.
Born the oldest of three children of George Joseph and Frances Marie (Cronin) Farnsworth, I felt called to religious life very early in elementary school. Entering the Grand Rapids Dominicans right out of high school, I attended Aquinas College and began my teaching ministry in 1965. After 26 years of teaching and elementary administration I took a sabbatical year in St. Louis, Missouri to prepare for ministry in pastoral care and enjoyed more than 20 years of parish ministry, including more than fifteen years as minister of pastoral care at St. Robert of Newminster parish in Ada, MI.
2021 – 59 Years a Sister
Pray for the sick and those who are dying
Sister Ann Michael making a connection with St. Robert’s elementary age faith formation students.
Sister Ann Michael Farnsworth on the occasion of her 50th Jubilee.