Poor Clare sister, 102, was talented weaver, painter

| January 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Feisty, tough and, oh, so tender, always quick to say, ‘I am sorry.’”  That’s how Sister Helen Weier described fellow Poor Clare Sister Anne Condon, who died Jan. 11 at Saint Therese of New Hope. She was 102.

Sister Anne

Sister Anne Condon

Born Bernice Condon in Minneapolis June 10, 1913, she entered the Poor Clare Monastery in Sauk Rapids in 1931 and came to the Twin Cities in 1953 to establish the Poor Clare community in Bloomington. She later spent time in Korea after the Poor Clares established a community there.

Throughout her time with the Poor Clares, she was known as a talented weaver and painter, producing beautiful hangings for the monastery chapel.

“She was ever a woman of strength, a strength that helped others to walk upright and stand tall in trust, humble faith and great love,” Sister Helen said during a eulogy before Sister Anne’s funeral Mass at St. Bonaventure in Bloomington Jan. 22. “She didn’t flaunt her piety, yet it ran deep as an ocean.”

She is survived by 11 Poor Clare Sisters, plus nieces and nephews. Interment is at Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights.

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