Put your hand to the plow and do not look back. Luke 6:62
I first encountered the Dominican Sisters when in third grade at St. Josaphat School in Saginaw, and I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to be “when I grew up.” These past 50 years have given me many opportunities to uncover so many God-given gifts and talents: teacher, preacher, pastoral leader, iconographer, quilter, and the list goes on. I continue to be amazed at all that I have been able to accomplish with God’s grace.
Born in Saginaw on April 10, 1942, Georgi Ann was the first of seven children of Clare Anthony and Marie Antoinette Herald. She was influenced by the Dominicans, going to school at St. Josaphat and later to Marywood Academy.
Georgi entered the community in 1960, and as a novice received the name of Sister Ann Christopher. Sister Chris (as she is known) earned her BA in Biology from Aquinas College, and an MA in Microbiology from Kansas State College. She studied microbiology for two additional years at Michigan State University. A few years later she earned a Masters in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, Terre Haute, Indiana.
Although Sister Chris’ ministry began in teaching middle school math and science, and serving the Dominican Sisters as Director of Retirement and Preretirement for six years, she found her true ‘home’ in pastoral ministry and parish administration. Primarily ministering in northern Michigan, Sister Chris has been an associate pastor in parishes at Kalkaska and St. Ignace. For the past 25 years she has served as Pastoral Administrator of St. Hubert’s in Higgins Lake, St. James in Houghton Lake and now St. Anthony of Padua in Mackinaw City where she relishes her view of the Mighty Mac – the bridge that joins the two peninsulas of Michigan.
2018 – 68 Years a Sister
Pray for women in church minitry
Sister Chris is in parish ministry in Mackinaw City.
Sister Chris welcomes Catholics and other visitors from all over the world to St. Anthony of Padua in Mackinaw City, Michigan.
Sister Chris partners with Sister Maribeth Holst at the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Dollars FORE Dominican’s annual golf outing.
Enjoy one of Sr. Chris’ beautiful quilt creations: City of God.