Sister Sharon Ann Mihm, CSC
Celebrating Her Golden Jubilee
Sister Sharon Ann Mihm, CSC, was born in Washington, D.C. Although an only child, Sister Sharon Ann grew up with her cousins from her mom’s side of the family, as well as her dad’s. They were a very close family and her parent’s example taught her to be kind and respectful of others.
Family, Sundays and prominent holidays were very important, and hospitality was a trait and practice handed down to her. Every Sunday morning after Mass, Sharon Ann and her dad and mom had breakfast with her paternal grandparents. Later the same day, her maternal grandparents hosted supper for all the grandchildren, their five daughters and spouses.
Her paternal grandparents also hosted Thanksgiving dinner. After her grandmother passed away, her mom and dad hosted the traditional holiday meal at their home and all her paternal relatives were invited. It was wonderful childhood with parents who expected that she would always display proper behavior.
About Her Ministry
Sister Sharon Ann made her initial profession of vows with the Sisters of the Holy Cross on August 15, 1970, and her perpetual profession on August 6, 1975. She came to the Congregation shortly after earning her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dunbarton College of Holy Cross, Washington, D.C., and began teaching in South Bend, Indiana, as a postulant and as a novice at Saint Mary’s Campus School. Her teaching ministry took her on to North Carolina, where she taught for three years at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Raleigh, and served as principal of Immaculata School, Durham, from 1983 to 1992. She also taught for nine years at Holy Trinity School, Norfolk, Virginia, and for 16 years she served as principal for several schools in the Archdiocese of Washington, including Holy Cross School, Garrett Park, Maryland, and St. Martin of Tours, Gaithersburg, Maryland, where she served from 2005 to 2013. Since 2014, she has worked in the Spiritual Care Department with Holy Cross Health, Silver Spring, Maryland.
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Send Sister Sharon Ann a note, prayer, poem, photo, favorite memory or message using the button below. They will be collected on kudoboard.com and presented in both a slideshow and Blessing Book for her to enjoy. The deadline to be included in the printed book is July 22, 2021.
Getting to Know Her
Dunbarton College of Holy Cross
Johns Hopkins University
My favorite activities:
I enjoy photography, making movies, and designing greeting cards for various occasions using digital technology. I also, on occasion, like to go out to share a meal with friends.
Favorite time of ministry:
I especially liked being a principal! It was gratifying to empower teachers to integrate 21st- century strategies into the teaching/learning process. Seeing them grow as well as the students was energizing!
Immediately upon the completion of my sabbatical, I began a new phase of my life. I am currently in ministry with Holy Cross Health. I minister in the Spiritual Care Department serving patients in the Mother and Baby and Acute Care units.
My favorite story:
While at Dunbarton College, I had the opportunity to go to Truchas, New Mexico, with two Holy Cross sisters. This village is approximately 42 miles northeast of Santa Fe and is in an extremely poor area in the Rocky Mountains. My ministry was to prepare the students for their first reconciliation and first Communion. It was during my six-week stay with other students and the sisters that I was introduced to stories about Father Basil Anthony Moreau. Before I left Truchas, I decided to enter our Congregation the following year after graduation.
In 1993, I was selected to go on the Moreau pilgrimage trip. This opportunity enabled me to learn more about Father Moreau and to walk in his footsteps. It was a trip that I will never forget!
In recent years, I have had the honor to speak to the new faculty of The Academy of the Holy Cross about Father Moreau, the history of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and the history of The Academy. It is especially humbling to do this—as I am a graduate of the academy and serve on its board of trustees.
My favorite music:
Music from Broadway shows and the music of the 1950s!