March 9, 1923 – January 13, 2009
“Forever I will sing of the goodness of our God.” -Psalm 89
Ann (Caritas) Walter, OSB was Born in Topeka, Kansas on March 9, 1923, she was baptized Harriet Ann. She received her BA in Music from the college at Mt. St. Scholastica in Atchison, Kansas in 1944 and entered Mt. St. Scholastica Convent that same year. She made her final monastic profession in 1949 and then received her MA in Music from De Paul University in Chicago. An accomplished musician, Sister Ann shared her gift of music with many children, teaching voice, piano and the organ in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado. She also ministered as choir director at Ft. Carson for three years.
Sharing her great gifts for organization and research, she served as archivist for the Archdiocese of Denver for ten years. In her later years, Sister Ann became a tutor for foreign students at Benet Hill Center.
Looking back on more than sixty years as a Benedictine, Sister Ann said, “My first thought is how blest I have been.” Using one word to describe her life she said “serenity” best exemplifies her feelings.
She was preceded in death by her parents John and Mary Alice (Hubbard) Walter and her brothers Rev. John Henry and Robert Eugene.
Sister Ann’s greatest love was for her family, her community and her God. The vibrant sound of her voice raised in praise of God, which resounds still in the hearts of all who were privileged to hear her sing, will be greatly missed along with her gift for storytelling and her incredible sense of humor.