Smollin Anne

Sister Anne Bryan SmollinSister Anne inspired thousands of people around the world each year with her insights about how to make each moment count. She served as Executive Director of the Counseling for Laity center in the Diocese of Albany. She was the host of her own radio show for 18 years, and her boundless energy and humor made her a popular keynote speaker at local and national conferences.

In March 2012, Sister Anne received the Bishop Edwin B. Broderick Award from the Albany Diocesan Office of Evangelization, Catechesis and Family Life. In her address at that event, Jeanne D. Schrempf, Director of Religious Education for the Albany Diocese, said to Sr. Anne, "You are, hands down, one of the most generous professional ministers in this diocese. There has never been a time when I or one of our staff asked you to help a troubled teen or adult, speak to our catechetical our youth ministry leaders, become part of a state or national conference, teach in one our programs or be part of a diocesan initiative that you said you could not do this. The same incredible Sister who is the keynote speaker at a national convention will offer the same talk or workshop to the folks at home."

Sister Anne passed away on September 25, 2014. She was a faith-filled Sister of St. Joseph, a dedicated and compassionate counselor and a devoted daughter, sister and friend. She took seriously the call of the Sisters of St. Joseph to bring God's unifying love to a world in need, and she did so with enthusiasm, warmth, vitality and generosity.

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