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MULVIHILL, Sister Mary Anne

January 21, 1945 – Calgary, Alberta
April 24, 2019 – Princeton, British Columbia

Sister Mary Anne Mulvihill, a Sister of Charity of St. Louis for 53 years, died suddenly near Princeton, BC on April 24, 2019.

Mary Anne was born and raised in Calgary, and she was the second child of six siblings. She entered religious life in 1963 and made her first commitment in 1966. Mary Anne ministered in Burnaby, BC and Lethbridge, AB as a teacher for a total of eleven years and in Medicine Hat, AB as Director of Religious Education for twenty-one years. In her years in Calgary, she worked in Native Ministry at the Latour Center and spent many years in internal ministry with her sisters. Her community members valued her selfless giving as local community coordinator, provincial councillor, provincial leader and, for the past seven years, as provincial treasurer.

Mary Anne’s giftedness as an educator was recognized and appreciated by colleagues and students. She had a special place in her heart for the less fortunate and those on the margins of society. She will be remembered and loved for her presence and availability to all whom she encountered. She was a great organizer of events whether for family, community or friends. Nothing was too daunting for Mary Anne and whatever tasks she undertook, she gave it her very best.

Sister Mary Anne will be lovingly remembered by her community members; sister, Pat Sewell (Phil); brothers Ray (Claire), Jim (Grace), Tom, John (Wanda); several nieces and nephews and their families. She is predeceased by her parents, Martin and Mary (Burger) Mulvihill.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (640 – 19th Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Reception to follow in the Parish Hall. Graveside Service at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Sister Mary Anne requested that if friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to Elizabeth House (c/o Catholic Pastoral Centre, 120-17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 2T2, Telephone: (403) 218-5500,, a shared ministry of the Sisters of Charity of St. Louis and the Diocese of Calgary. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Sister Mary-Anne Mulvihill, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Sister Mary Ann, your work is done and now you are going home. The amazing work that you and your Sisters is bearing fruit with the education that the Sisters have provided. Strong foundations of knowledge were formed to support future generations. RIP Sister Mary Anne.

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  2. Robb mcDougall

    To you Sister Yvette and all the community of the Sisters of Charity of St Louis, my deepest sympathy and prayers as you live out your shock and grief at the loss of our dear Sister Mary Anne.
    I for one, have many great memories of moments and times together with her in Medicine Hat, Edmonton and Calgary.
    Please remember dear sisters the words of our Creator to you and her family from Is. 43 “You are precious to my heart, and I love you”
    Eucharist will be celebrated for the repose of her soul on Tuesday, May 7 at 11 am here in Winnipeg.
    Peace to you and her dear family.
    Fr Robb McDougall

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  3. Sister Frances MacDougall CND

    Dear Sisters,
    My prayers and thoughts are with you on hearing of the sudden death of Sr. Mary Ann. She was a beautiful person and a wonderful leader. What a loss for each of you.
    Sister Noreen Hickey and I want you to know we are thinking of you and will continue to pray for you in the days ahead.
    Love and prayers,
    Sisters Frances and Noreen
    Charlottetown PEI

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  4. Jocelyne Wandler

    Mary Anne,
    I miss you! You’ve been a blessing in my life; your love, generosity, compassion, friendship, joie de vivre, are a few things I’ll remember.
    Thank you for being you and leading the way to a complete life.
    I am left with a large hole in my heart and may it be filled one day with love and compassion.
    With all my love!

    To The Sisters and Family,
    May we remember Mary Anne for touching everyone’s lives in a special way and let’s reach out as she perfectly taught us.
    Love and blessings!

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  5. It is with heart-felt sadness that I extended my sympathies to the members of Sr. Mary Ann’s congregation, family and many, many friends she made over the years.
    Sr. Mary Ann was truly ‘one of a kind’; especially, her positive, gentle nature.
    I had the great pleasure of being on several ATRI (Association of Treasurers of Religious Institutes) committees with Sr. Mary Ann; the last being on the Board of Directors.
    She shall be sorrowfully missed.
    President – ATRI

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  6. Maria (Mary) Ayers

    To the family of Sister Mary Anne, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

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  7. Dear Sisters,
    At this sad time as you mourn the death of Sr. Mary Anne, I remember her with sincere appreciation. She was always so pleasant and interested in each person she met. My prayer is with you and with her family at this very difficult time.
    Sr. Mary Kelly, FCJ
    Bucharest, Romania

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  8. Sister Jeannette Filthaut

    My sincere sympathies to the SCSL religious community and to the family members of Sister Mary Anne. I first met Mary Anne in the 1990s when she was residing in Medicine Hat and doing the Religious Education work. I also stayed at different times in their community home in Medicine Hat. Mary Anne was a great religious educator and a very gracious, hospitable person, full of life. She will be missed by many, but the memories of her spirit will live on in their hearts.

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  9. Dr Debbie Scott

    My deepest condolences to Sister Mary-Anne’s congregation and family. She was a wonderful caring teacher who inspired so many of us. She will be remembered for her patience and dedication. Sr Mary Anne always had time to answer one more question and her day was never too full to chat and share a smile and a joke. RIP Sr MaryAnne.

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  10. Maureen McLeod (nee Milaney)

    I was surprised to read of Sister Mary Anne’s sudden death. We were in the same year at St. Mary’s Girls High School and, because our classrooms were organized alphabetically, also in the same room.

    My sincere condolences to her family.

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  11. Sr. Patricia Kaliciak, OSU

    My sincere sympathies to the SCSL Religious Sisters and her family of Sister Mary Anne. I met her in the 90’s when she was living at Medicine Hat and working in Religious Education. She would attend Education meetings, as I did, in Calgary. I was teaching south of Calgary. I always looked forward to her insights, ideas listened to her voice of experience and really appreciated her support. Sr. Mary Anne was a great woman who touched many lives in many ways. RIP Sr. Mary Anne.

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  12. Sorry to hear of sister’s sudden passing. May your special memories bring a smile to help at this time of change. You are such a special group of women. Prayers for all of you. Ann

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  13. With my deepest sympathy for the loss of a sweet sweet lady. My memories of Sister MarAnne were that of a happy , kind, and extremely patient woman. Sending thoughts and prayers during this tragic time. Lucy (Paladino) McCurdy. CCHS Class of ‘78

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