2015 Jubilarian – Ann (Ann Arthur) Aseltyne

Aseltyne, Ann

Sister Ann Aseltyne parents instilled in her the importance to help those in need. The desire to help others has stayed with her and guided her throughout her life.

She attended St. Mary of Redford where the IHM Sisters taught her. It was during World War II, and Sister Ann wanted to “get in there and do things.” Seeing the IHM Sisters’ joy and excitement and understanding the reality of the world compelled her to join the community.

With the support of her parents, Sister Ann entered the community two months after graduating from high school. Her first mission was at St. Raymond in Detroit, where she taught first grade for two years. From there she went to Annunciation in Detroit to teach first grade for the next three years, followed by teaching first grade at Holy Name in Birmingham, Mich., and back to Annunciation for four more years. Over the next 27 years, she taught at St. Mary in Lorain, Ohio, Hall of Divine Child in Monroe, Immaculate Heart of Mary in Minnetonka, Minn., St. Martin in Detroit, and St. Felicitas in Chicago before heading off to Africa.

Sister Ann ministered as an instructor Gbewaah Teacher Training College in Ghana, and then as chaplain at St. John Bosco Teaching College, where she provided a daily Eucharist service and Sunday liturgy on campus. She helped open a grade school in Merrivale, South Africa and later returned to Ghana to help open a grade school there. She also taught English at the teacher training college at Uganda Martyrs University.

Sister Ann returned to the United States after 17 years in Africa and ministered at St. Mary of Redford, first as a teacher and then as a tutor for four years. She served as a tutor at Holy Redeemer in Detroit for four years and currently volunteers there.

She is grateful for the opportunity to go to Africa; her ministries there were among her favorite. She saw that the people in Africa “all seemed to know that God was with them” and saw how hard the teachers worked with their students regardless of the fallout from wars and destruction.

God’s love and generosity knows no boundary.
-Ann Aseltyne

When she returned from Africa, Sister Ann went back to St. Mary of Redford for four years and then moved on to Holy Redeemer to teach for three years. Currently, she ministers at Holy Redeemer as a volunteer, teaching reading to Spanish-speaking children.

Being with people has been one of her greatest joys.

“The joy of just being and being accepted by all and trying to help them … there couldn’t be anything more wonderful, spiritually or any other way,” she says. Sister Ann would like to thank the community for “everything.” She wasn’t confident that she could be successful in Africa, but with the support of the community she found out she was capable. “I guess it is something that’s within when you know you are needed. And people will help you.”