Sister Ann Kernen dies at 90

Sister Ann Kernen, SCN

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Ann Kernen, formerly Sister Anthony, died June 6 in Louisville.

The Frankfort, Ky. native was 90 and had been an SCN for 70 years.

Sister Kernen’s early ministry was in education.

She taught kindergarten, first and seventh grade as well as music classes at St. Lawrence School.

She earned her undergraduate degree in education from Spalding University and her master’s in guidance from Michigan State University. She attended Aquinas Institute of Theology in Iowa for the formation director program.

Sister Kernen served her community in the novitiate at Nazareth from 1972-1976, as assistant provincial and as associate regional for the U.S. southern region.

She also served as assistant coordinator at Nazareth Home.

Sister Kernen spent several months in Mokama, India, and served as a counselor and in pastoral ministry in Kathmandu, Nepal. Later, she served in Belize, Central America in parish ministry and as vocations director.

Sister Kernen served in health care as vice president of mission in London, Ky., at Marymount Hospital, as Appalachian outreach counselor at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, Ky., and as a chaplain at Flaget Hospital in Bardstown, Ky.

She is survived by her sister, Sister of Charity of Nazareth Mary Joyce Kernen, her extended family and her religious community.

Visitation will be June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Motherhouse in Nazareth, Ky. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated June 15 at the Motherhouse. Burial will be in the Nazareth Cemetery. The funeral will be available to watch online at

Memorial gifts may be sent to Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Ky., 40048.

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