Sister Anne Margaret Carmody

Former teacher turns to social work so she can help the poor, mentally ill

Carmody_Anne-Margaret_Sister2004-100pxSister Anne Margaret Carmody was born the seventh child to Ann and Paul Carmody of Carlsville, Wis. She attended a two-room public grade school in Carlsville for eight years then Sevastopol High School.

She considered teaching and many other careers but the one persistent call was to Sisterhood. She was attracted to working among the poor.

After graduating from Marquette University, she taught at St. Joseph, Marinette; Holy Angels, Darboy; St. Jude, Green Bay; St. Mary, Bear Creek; St. Isidore, Osman; and Holy Trinity, Casco. Her last five years of teaching were in Gallup, New Mexico, with second- and third-generation Mexicans and the Navajo Indians.

Sister Anne Margaret went back to school and received a degree in social work. This degree led her down the path of ministering with people who have severe and persistent mental health issues and with the homeless population.

When teaching, there was the impetus that one was co-creating the future and making a difference in helping develop the minds and hearts of children to be alive with love of self, others and God. When working with people with mental health issues and the homeless population, she found God being revealed in them through their humbleness and gratitude as they struggled with their challenges.

One of her favorite scripture passages is Micah 6:8 -- "This is what God asks of you: only to act justly, to love tenderly and to walk humbly with your God."

It has been at the core of Sister's being to respond to God in all the she does and desires.