During her 48 years directing plant maintenance and capital improvement, Sister Anthony Costlow worked to make the Motherhouse a home. A talented craftswoman and loving caretaker, she managed projects from installing new windows to laying blacktop to replacing the roof. “It was a treat to be able to make it more comfortable for the Sisters,” she says.
“I wanted to become a Sister to take care of other Sisters,” she explains, recalling meeting Sister Anna Joseph in the kitchen of St. John Gualbert’s Convent during a visit with a grade school friend. Moved by the Holy Spirit and Sister Anna’s example, she entered religious life five months shy of her 18th birthday.
At the Infant Home in Ebensburg, Sister Anthony cooked for the babies, “runabouts,” and staff. Back in Baden, her role expanded: cooking three meals a day for over 200 people. She made time for “side hobbies” – ceramics and framing – creating beautiful works of art that enlivened the Motherhouse halls and sold quickly at the annual Harvest Festival.
Grateful “that God picked me” for such a rewarding and joy-filled life, and especially for the blessings she’s received from the community, Sister Anthony believes “prayer is the answer to everything.”