Remembering Sister Anne Berchmans Taylor
“If you’re blue, little girl, if you’re blue … do something for somebody quick.”
Those words were spoken by Sister Jeanne Knoerle (RIP) in her commentary for Sister Anne Berchmans Taylor (RIP).
Sister Jeanne said Sister Anne Berchmans would say this to homesick freshmen when they arrived at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.
Sister Anne Berchmans was born Helen Anne Taylor in Fort Wayne in 1904. She entered the Congregation in 1922.
Sister Anne Berchmans graduated in 1930 from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in Latin. In 1945, she received a master’s degree in zoology.
Upon graduating, Sister Anne Berchmans began ministering as a teacher. For 10 years, she taught in schools in Chicago before teaching in Indianapolis. Sister Anne Berchmans returned to Chicago for one year before heading back to Indianapolis for another eight years.
In 1945, Sister Anne Berchmans began ministering at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, teaching biology. During her 21 years at the college, she also ministered as the freshmen advisor and the Dean of Freshmen. It has been said that students at the college affectionately referred to her as “Annie B.”
In 1966, Sister Anne Berchmans traveled to Washington, D.C., to begin ministering at Immaculata Preparatory School, staying there until 1974. While there, she also ministered as the Dean of Freshmen for one year.
In 1974, Sister Anne Berchmans returned to the Motherhouse and began a ministry in the sisters’ greenhouse before officially retiring in 1976.
Sister Anne Berchmans committed herself to the ministry of prayer in 1979.