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John Ann Mulhern, CDP

Sister John Ann Mulhern has been principal at Butler (Pa.) Catholic School since 2003. She entered religious life from St. Sylvester’s in Brentwood, Pa. Her parents professed their faith through action. Her father’s advice was, “If you’re going to be a nun, don’t be a half nun, be a whole nun—give your all to God and his people.” Those words have stuck with her wherever she has ministered.

Prior to becoming principal, she spent 18 years at St. Bonaventure in Glenshaw and 13 years at St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon, both in Pennsylvania.

She believes that God’s Providence surrounds us and that we are called to make it visible in what we say and do. About her ministry, she says, “I’ve been blessed in being able to minister in the field of education. Both as a classroom teacher and as a principal, the challenge is always there: How can I help my students and their families, my faculty, and staff recognize God acting in their lives? For me, it is a real thrill to see how former students have grown into mature, responsible, active Catholic men and women.”