This gold-colored metal crucifix inlaid on red plastic is the creation of S. Ann Austin Mooney. An art teacher at the College of Mount St. Joseph, S. Ann was skilled in silver, bronze and ceramics, crafting beautiful jewelry, medals, and crucifixes.

Artistic Expressions: Sister Ann Austin Mooney

S. Ann Austin Mooney was a native of Chillicothe, Illinois; she met the Sisters of Charity as a student and boarder at St. Vincent Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. For the first half of her teaching ministry she taught in elementary and high schools in Pueblo, Trinidad and Denver, Colorado, as well as Seton High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1955 she began a 23-year career teaching art at the College of Mt. St. Joseph. S. Ann Austin was skilled in silver, bronze and ceramics, crafting beautiful jewelry, medals, and crucifixes which can be found in a variety of spaces throughout the country. In 1960 she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in metalcraft from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Her most visible accomplishments are her creative design and production of liturgical art in the Mount St. Joseph University’s Mater Dei Chapel. She earned the rank of Professor Emerita from the university in 1984, in recognition of her many contributions.