Sister Ann Margaret O’Hara


Sister Ann Margaret was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She entered the Sisters of Providence on July 22, 1955, from St. Anthony Parish in Clarksville, Indiana. She professed perpetual vows on August 15, 1963. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, a master’s degree in business education from Indiana University, and a master’s degree in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Sister Ann Margaret taught at schools in Wilmette, Illinois and Indianapolis, Indiana. At Immaculata College in Washington, DC she was director of student personnel and of business education. At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College she served as dean of administration and vice president of student affairs. From 1978 to 1986 she was provincial of Saint Gabriel Province, based in Indianapolis. From 1986 to 1991 she was program director for the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators. She was a member of the Sisters of Providence General Council from 1991 to 2001, before serving as General Superior from 2001 to 2006. She was executive director of Women of Providence in Collaboration from 2007 to 2012.

The most memorable event during Sister Ann Margaret’s administration was the long-awaited canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin in 2006. Other important events were: the opening of the new health care facility (later named Mother Theodore Hall); the death of Pope John Paul II and election of Pope Benedict XVI; the opening of Providence Cristo Rey High School; the renovation of Lourdes Hall. A terrible occurrence was the threefold terrorist attack (World Trade Center, Pentagon, and hijacked jetliner) on September 11, 2001. Also, the war in Iraq began March 19, 2003 (it ended April 30, 2003). The Mission Advisory Board was inaugurated in 2004.