Ann entered the Sisters of Loretto in 1964. A graduate of Webster University, she taught preschool for a decade, co-founding the innovative, racially diverse Neighborhood School in 1972. She began medical studies at Saint Louis University in 1978, while living at the Catholic Worker house, a shelter for women and children which she co-founded. After pediatric training at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital, she served as faculty until moving to El Salvador in 1988. There, in the midst of civil war, she helped establish a rural clinic, now the Clinica Comunal Ana Manganaro.
In classroom, clinic or remote village, Ann poured out her life energy in response to the Gospel call to love and serve the poor. In her quiet and gentle way, she called those around her to their truest and highest good. We remember in gratitude her many contributions, but we remember most deeply her goodness and love. We have commissioned an oil painting of Ann based on a photograph taken in 1992 in El Salvador. We are pleased to honor Ann with this portrait as she is an inspiration for its healing ministry to reveal the presence of God. The portrait will be dedicated outside the chapel at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon. If you would like to make a gift in memory of Sister Ann, please click HERE.