Funeral services for Sister Ana Maria Gomez, SDS will take place Thursday, May 2 at St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus Chapel, 3800 North 92nd Street in Milwaukee.
- Visitation: 1:00 a.m.
- Remembering service: 1:30 p.m.
- Mass of Christian Burial: 1:45 p.m.
In the last 23 years of Sr. Ana Maria’s active service, prison ministry spoke to her heart. She reached out to inmates in federal, state and private prisons surrounding Florence, Ariz. where she lived. Her weekly prison visits fed a hunger for God among inmates whose lives were devoid of hope and the love of family and friends.
Sr. Ana Maria was born in Colombia, South America. She came to Milwaukee to enter the SDS community in 1948. For years she ministered to the sick and elderly as a licensed practical nurse. While working in an Arizona nursing home, a priest asked her to join him on prison visits to provide bilingual interpretation. That first visit sparked a passion for prison ministry that grew into distributing Eucharist and leading prayer services. Her work also evolved into a “listening ministry” for prisoners who need to talk to someone who deems them worthy of forgiveness.
“I love this ministry,” Sr. Ana Maria would say. “I go to the prisons to find Jesus and I see Him in each prisoner’s eyes.”
Sr. Ana Maria’s decision to enter the Salvatorian Sisters’ community was influenced by her high school religion teacher, the late Father Robert Weber, SDS. He was one of the first Salvatorians to serve in Colombia. For Sr. Ana Maria, belonging to the International Salvatorian Family of Sisters, Priests, Brothers and Lay women and men was a special gift of her religious community.
Memorials to Sisters of the Divine Savior are appreciated.