Year Joined MKLM: 1981
Focus: Pastoral work
Ministries(s): Pastoral work with youth, small Christian communities, and the Diocesan Lay Commission
Sister Anastasia Lott was born in 1957 in Germany, where her father was stationed with the United States Air Force. She spent most of her younger years in California, but has also lived in Wisconsin and New York. Her journey of mission and service to the poor has taken a number of turns. After graduating from the University of San Diego, she served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Utica, New York, before joining the Maryknoll Lay Missioner Program.
She worked in Venezuela from 1982 until 1986. She was involved with the pastoral team in Barinas, Venezuela, working with other Maryknollers and members of the Philippine Lay Mission Program. In addition to work with youth and small Christian communities, Anastasia served as a member of the Diocesan Lay Commission and helped give workshops in other barrios and villages in the State of Barinas.
Anastasia entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in 1986 and made her first profession of vows in November 1987. Sister Anastasia studied Swahili language in Tanzania before serving in Bura-Tana, Kenya, until 1996. As part of the pastoral team serving both nomadic and resettled people in an irrigation project, Sister Anastasia participated in programs of small Christian communities, administered a series of small rural dispensaries, helped with training community-based health workers, and coordinated pastoral work for youth in the parish.
During part of her time in Kenya, Anastasia shared community with Association members as well as Maryknoll Sisters.
In 1997, Sister Anastasia moved to Namibia, where she was a training team member with the Christian Development Education Program of the Rundu Vicariate in the northeastern part of the country.
Prior to returning to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to serve in the congregation’s Planned Giving office, Sister Anastasia served as Human Resources Development Officer for Catholic Health Services in Namibia. In that capacity, she helped train nurses and other hospital staff, especially on AIDS-related issues.
Sister Anastasia served in the Sisters’ Development Department for 11 years, including four as Director, until being elected as a member of the Congregational Leadership Team at the Sisters’ General Assembly in 2014.
Sister Anastasia is currently a member of the Congregational Leadership Team, serving as General Secretary for the Maryknoll Sisters. Check this webpage to learn more about her.