Artistic Expressions – S. Anna Cecile Murphy (1891-1982)

Born in 1891 in Amesbury, Massachusetts, S. Anna Cecile Murphy came to the Sisters of Charity’s Cedar Grove Academy as a boarding student. She was among the last student boarders to attend Cedar Grove and among the first to attend Mount St. Joseph Academy. Sister entered the congregation in 1912, earning a BA in English from the College of Mount St. Joseph and a master’s in music from Columbia University. She taught music classes at St. Sebastian (Chicago, Illinois), Holy Trinity (Middletown, Ohio), and Holy Angels (Sidney, Ohio) as well as Seton High School in Cincinnati. 

S. Anna Cecile was co-founder and life-long member of the National Catholic Music Educators Association. She had great appreciation for both art and literature. As a composer she wrote Benediction hymns honoring the “Heavenly Queen”, the “Most Holy Name” and “St. Vincent de Paul”; she also composed the “Seven Canticles of Divine Love.” The piece you are hearing is entitled, “Ave Maris Stella”. In her retirement years she continued to teach, this time music appreciation classes to her own Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall. Sister died in Good Samaritan Hospital in 1982.