In Memoriam

Sister Anne Beauvais, OP (Joseph Anthony)

Sister Anne Beauvais(1933-2021)

“I was called [my parents’] ‘prosperity’ baby born in the good times after the Great Depression.”

Anne Elizabeth Beauvais was the sixth child of eight in the Beauvais family, and the youngest girl. She was born August 13, 1933, in Libertyville, Illinois, to Erneste and Marian (Hallinan) Beauvais, natives of Chicago’s North Side. 

Marian’s mother died in childbirth and she was adopted by a strongly Catholic family, while Erneste was similarly raised in a solidly Catholic environment, and both passed their love of their faith on to their children: Mary, Elizabeth, Ernie, Tom, Cecile, David, Paul, and of course Anne.

“I had a wonderful and joy-filled childhood with my three fun-loving sisters and four brothers,” Sister Anne wrote in her autobiography. “Our parents believed in letting children be who they are, with of course good manners and discipline.”

All the children attended St. Joseph School, where they were taught by the Sisters of Mercy “whom I loved,” Sister Anne wrote. “In the seventh grade I knew I wanted to be a sister.”

Read more about Sister Anne (PDF)

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Avatar  Bridget Manning 7 months agoReply

Will Sister Anne Beauvais' vigil be posted? thank you.

Avatar  Editor 7 months agoReply

Yes, the Vigil will be posted within the next day or two.

Avatar  Gary Gordon 7 months agoReply

Sister Joseph Anthony was one of the best nuns that I ever knew. So warm and kind. And hilarious! I remember snowball fights where she had a great arm and deadly aim, but also took what she gave out.
Or carrying her books home to the convent when she would lean on you and push the books down with her other hand.. lightly at first, then harder and harder as you struggled to maintain your balance and keep the books from falling! She knew when to stop and then wpuld laugh heartily.

She was a great teacher that I think everyone enjoyed learning from.

RIP Sister Anthony. You made school at St Bridget's fun!

Gary Gordon

Avatar  Michael Beirl 7 months agoReply

Sister Joe Tony, as we called her lovingly at St. Bridget School in Loves Park, Illinois, was bright, funny, cool, everything a 12-year-old needs in a teacher. Heaven just got a new angel.

Avatar  Bert Adams 7 months agoReply

I fondly remember Sister Joseph Anthony from when i Went to St. Bridget , Sister was My teacher in 1963 and 1964 she was a outstanding teacher and a even better person. needless to say she was my favorite teacher.

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