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During her early years in the congregation, Sr. John Celeste Weitzel ministered in education but later studied to be a physical therapist. When she moved from Baltimore to the Aston area in November 2015, she came with a dream—to work with our sisters at Assisi House who were not getting PT for a specific problem.
St. Ann Convent is the western retirement center for the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia.
The sisters living at St. Ann Convent have ministered primarily in Oregon, Washington, and California. They have served in education, healthcare, and social services. Presently they participate in the work of the community through prayer ministry–supporting the needs of the local, national, and global needs of the world.
This is a center which offers services for a continuum of care. There are various levels of Franciscan Living.
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Liturgy holds a central place in the sisters’ lives. Four days a week they have Mass at 6 A.M., celebrated by their chaplain, Fr. Gerard Chapdelaine, SJ. Weekend liturgies are at 9 A.M. and on Wednesdays, the sisters celebrate with a Communion Service. The public is welcome to join the sisters for any of these liturgies. Actually the sisters used to host a monthly Eucharistic liturgy for senior citizens in the Tacoma area.
Activity director Dolores Martinez coordinates a host of activities for the sisters. A group gathers daily for an exercise program and for whatever games, crafts, etc., are part of the daily schedule. The sisters especially enjoy visitors—whether it’s a group coming to share a concert of sacred music or a visit from a lively group of school children. The children from St. Charles School enjoy coming to visit—especially for holiday celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, and May Day.
If you visit St. Ann’s, you’ll find a wonderful blend of peace and busyness. You might want to enjoy the beautiful outdoors—the flowers, the fountain, the peace pole. Indoors you’ll find places of quiet and peace, especially the area where the recent renovations provide a window view of the beautiful grounds and capture the sunlight at just the right angle.
In the new chapel, you’ll find it easy to reflect on the “Canticle of Creation” because you’ll see it displayed and highlighted by the beautifully designed windows. You’ll also be touched by the sight of our sisters who have dropped in for a quiet prayer.
Frequently, however, you’ll also find a sense of busyness and purposefulness at St. Ann’s. True to their Franciscan spirit of hospitality, the sisters welcome groups who find St. Ann’s the perfect site for a meeting. The Secular Franciscans have been meeting there for the past 15 years. A group of our Franciscan Companions in Mission also come each month for faith-sharing. They are always joined by some of the sisters.