Sister Ann Murtha, OP

“When Irish eyes are smiling” describes Ann Murtha. She loved life, she loved people, and she loved music, dancing, and singing. Needless to say, she loved Ireland. She spent six months of her sabbatical there. Her joy was contagious even in the last years of her life.

This Irish lass was born on April 30, 1931 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Ann was introduced to Dominican life at a young age. Her mother and father were Third Order Dominicans. The family had great devotion to Saint Martin de Porres so it was no surprise that Ann chose Sister Mary Martin as her religious name.

Ann’s ministries were varied. She loved each one because of the people she served. She was teacher, principal, pastoral associate and chaplain. As a hospice chaplain, she tried to bring joy as well as peace to her patients. Because of her love for people and for Dominican life, she served for many years as Director of the Caldwell Dominican Associates.

“When Irish eyes are smiling, you can hear the angels sing.” And Ann right along with them!

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