“Mary K.” Farran was born in Wichita, Kansas and educated in Catholic schools. Prior to graduation at Jesuit Rockhurst College in Kansas City, she entered a cloistered Carmelite Monastery and took the religious name of Sister Anne of Yahweh, OCD. In 2011, after thirty-three happy years, she was astonished to experience a “call within a call,” to use an expression coined by Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who thus described her own experience of understanding that God was asking her to leave her beloved congregation to found a new congregation with a new apostolate. Sister Anne discerned carefully with her Prioress, Archbishop and community. All were unanimous that she should move forward with this inspiration.
In this call, Sister Anne understood that she was to encourage Christians with the messages of Mary and to promote the Rule for a new religious Order, which Mary had dictated to Melanie in 1846. After verifying that such a Rule existed, she received two years’ training in an active congregation, namely, the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity. Her exclaustration having expired, she received laicization from the Vatican to free her for an apostolic life.
After a brief sojourn in France, she obtained the authentic text of the Rule of the Mother of God, and an excellent English translation. Then she took up residence in her home diocese of Wichita, placing herself under the direction of Fr. Bernard Gorges, founder of the “Totus Tuus” Catholic youth program. Father personally funded her housing in 2016, urging her to give talks on the Blessed Virgin Mary and to upload them to the internet.
During Eastertide of 2020, a priest from a religious Order received a “call” to initiate the male branch. He is working with “Sister Anne” to prepare documentation for a formal presentation to a bishop whom they hope will invite them to begin the Order. Other men and women have been recently expressing a desire to join the new Order.
Since early 2016 (after she completed her time with the S.O.L.T. Sisters) she has been working with lay-helpers to develop various aspects of the apostolate of the future Order of the Mother of God, to be ready when the Holy Spirit indicates. Although she wears lay attire, most people still address her as “Sister Anne” because she aspires to resume that religious name as soon as it’s possible to take public vows in the new congregation.
“Sister” typically publishes the transcript of each talk to her website when she posts a video on her YouTube channel. Her most popular series is on the modern Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This series will serve as the basis for a new book. Benefactors have hired an editor in Wisconsin to redraft her apparition talks into a book, and a volunteer artist in Australia is working on illustrations. She asks for your prayers that Mary’s desire for the Order of the Mother of God will be realized ASAP!
Note: “Sister Anne” is a layperson and has never engaged in fundraising. Her personal needs are modest. Any donations made through this website acrue to her personal account—which will be dissolved into the balance of a proper convent account—when she receives permission to renew her public vow of poverty in the new Order of the Mother of God.