Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletOctober 23, 2017

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Ave Maria Press To Publish Sister Anne Bryan Smollin's Last Book


by Kate Blain, editor, The Evangelist

"The Best is Yet to Come" -- a book on seizing the moment and living life to the fullest, written in Sister Anne's typical storytelling style -- is scheduled to be released by Ave Maria Press in fall 2016.

The publisher calls it "vintage Sister Anne: great stories packed with everyday wisdom."

"I think she'd be thrilled. I can hear her saying, 'Oh, Patti, thank you so much,'" said Sister Anne's close friend and housemate of 30 years, Sister Patricia St. John, CSJ.

Sister Patti, who is the director of the Carondelet Music Center in Latham and an adjunct associate professor of music at Columbia University's Teachers College, said that Sister Anne had been working on the book for several years until her death on Sept. 25, 2014.

"I kept trying to encourage her to set time aside to work on it, but she didn't feel well," Sister Patti recalled. "It wasn't like I was expecting her to die; she just didn't have the energy to focus on it."

Impressive resume
Sister Anne was the author of a half-dozen previous books on spirituality and humor, including "Tickle Your Soul," "Live, Laugh and Be Blessed," "God Knows You're Stressed" and "Making Each Moment Count." A Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 53 years, she headed the Albany Diocese's Counseling for Laity Office (since closed) for three decades and was a speaker much in demand around the country for her humorous, fast-paced delivery. 

Click HERE to read the article in The Evangelist.


Sister Patricia St. John with Sister Anne Bryan Smollin