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  1. May 1, 2022

    Sister Ann Martin always hugged me every time she met me, but she hugged me so tightly that I could only see her face and not her eyes.
    I could not make eye contact with her. So I always tried to untie her strong hugs, but she would not release me from her arms. Whenever we met, we talked about our memories of Korea and my classmates in the community, and our Korean Sisters. Each time, she always looked so happy whenever we talked about her time in Korea. She had been in Korea with us for 17 years.
    In 1981, when I was a novice in Korea, she always worked with us together, talked with us, and encouraged us. So, my novitiate class was able to journey together very well because of Sr. Ann Martin.
    I was in Sister Ann Martin’s first group of novices in the Korean Province and her mentee when here in the United States. She was always by my side with a warm heart, hugging me in a motherly way, and always encouraging me. She walked with me on my religious journey around 30 years!
    When Sister started preparing for her final journey, I always sat next to her at 7pm after my ministry and talked and prayed with her. First day, I invited Sisters Teresa Ju, Noel Han, Martha Yang, Stella Chung, and Rosa Kim by video call and gave them a chance to talk with Sister Ann Martin. They were saying that they loved her and thanked her for every moment they had with her. I was their messenger so that they and I could say goodbyes to Sister Ann Martin.
    Perhaps, Sister Ann Martin was happy to hear their voices and last greetings.
    I stayed with her for four days and told her that I loved her, thanked her, and prayed, and at the same time asked her to become my guardian angel and pray for me when she went to heaven. On the last day, while working, I prayed that she could wait for me before her journey, and she waited for me! When I arrived a little earlier than the other days, I told her that we loved her and thanked her for all she did for us. I asked her to leave here all her sufferings and bad memories and put herself in the arms of the God of peace. A few minutes later, she died. Sister’s face on the last day was so beautiful and peaceful.
    Sister Ann Martin, I love you! We love you so much and thank you for all you have done for us. Please always pray for us and protect us from your place in heaven.

    Sending my love and hugs
    Sister Veronica Kim, CDP

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  2. Dear Sister Ann Martin,
    My first meeting with you was in 1979 when I visited the convent as a vocation candidate.
    One cold day, when I went to the convent, an American Sister was grinding briquettes.
    The tip of her nose was red and she was carrying briquettes without gloves.
    She looked at me and smiled brightly and said, “Isn’t it cold?”
    At that time, the appearance of the Sister was really impressive.
    The Sister I met at the convent was simple and very diligent.
    When I became a novice, you, Sister Ann Martin taught us many things as our novice director.
    Unfortunately, I had pulmonary tuberculosis near the end of my first year of the novitiate and for the first month I was receiving medications and was separated from the community.
    Every day I ate the meals our Sisters brought me. I was sad that I could not be with the community and I thought I had to leave the convent. So, when I told you about my circumstances, you said that although it is difficult for me to be sick, it is an opportunity to practice charity for the Sisters and an opportunity to learn humility.
    After that, I was able to have the strength from your encouraging words and started to receive all the treatments I needed. A year later, I completely recovered.
    Sister Ann Martin, whenever I was having a hard time, I reflected on your words.
    Obviously, I was able to get along well because I believed that there would be virtues that I had to gain through difficult opportunities.
    I am grateful that the things I learned from you during the novitiate helped me on my religious journey.
    Our precious times with you remain beautiful in our hearts.
    I believe that you will be busy in the kingdom of the Lord and will pray for us.
    I hope you had a comfortable journey to God.

    With a heart of love,
    Sister Teresa Ju, St. Joseph Province, Korea
    Translated by Sister Veronica Kim, CDP

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  3. Sr. Ann Martin walked “gently” upon the earth. She had a quiet presence and warm smile that I will always remember. I am glad I could make her funeral yesterday. She went where she was asked and served with love and dedication. May she be rewarded for a life lived trusting in God’s Providence.

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  4. When I lived in Pittsburgh I had the honor of having Sr. Ann Martin as one of my “contact” Sisters. She and Sr.Natalie welcomed me ever so warmly to their house many times for prayer and dinner. Ann Martin was always so gracious, compassionate, kind. Sometimes we used to sing; I enjoyed those days so much. Whenever I would meet her, she always made you feel like the most important person in the room. I know she is enjoying the face of Providence now–she was always that face of God to others.

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  5. I was one of the class of 1948 at the Villa (the old one, across the road from PH) and, therefore, one of the class of 1950 with Sr. Ann Martin. Once, when we were new to the Villa, we learned that Betty Schmidt coils speak German. So, I asked her to say something to us in German. She — in her soft, gentle voice — uttered two sentences. We were in awe, since we were all new to the German classes Sr. Vivian was about to begin with us. Later, I asked Betty to tell us what her sentences meant in English. They were: Schliese dein mund oder ich wierde dich geschlaggen in der kopf. Du bist so dum wie ein kuh.

    Sweetly, she announced the translation: Shut your mouth or I’ll hit you in the head. You’re as dumb as a cow.

    THAT was the one and only dissonant phrasing I ever heard from her. Its impact was unforgettable and exceptionally funny. I have gotten mileage from repeating it in too many settings to keep track of over the years.

    The sense of wonder never left Sr. Ann Martin. And gratitude was not just an attitude or an expression with her; it was her way of being. Such a feminine expression of Deity she was/is.

    Pat Montgomery

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  6. Dear Sr. Anne Martin
    I recall of our times when You were Sr. Veronika’s menthor.
    You already got the Prize.
    Rest in peace and, from Heaven, please inspire our steps and ministry.

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  7. Sister Ann Martin was a beautiful person and friend. Nothing was ever too much for her! Our Provident God has a very wonderful mansion ready for her. I will be praying to her.

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  8. When Sister Ann Martin walked your way, her eyes would fix on your eyes and you felt as if you were in the presence of your very best friend. What presence to others she showed. May her exceptionally kind, compassionate and deliberate self bring our prayers to the heart of the God she served so well.

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  9. Please send all emails to: mjbeatty@cdpsisters.org. I use this old gmail for personal, not community use – (maryjane.beatty@gmail.com Sr. Mary Jane Beatty, CDP

    *”You are shaped by the end you live for. You are made in the image of what you desire.” *Thomas Merton, *Thoughts in Solitude 56*

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