Sister Charles Anne Solomon, O.P.
Grace Marie Solomon
Sister Charles Anne was born in Newark, New Jersey and lived with her parents, three brothers and two sisters. In Newark, Sister Charles Anne attended Our Lady of Good Counsel. The family moved to Orange, Texas, in 1950 when her father was transferred from the Kearney Shipyard to the one in Texas. Sister Charles Anne attended St. Mary Catholic High School in Orange, Texas. “This was truly a culture shock for me. I had never been to the south and life was very different. I was shocked when I saw signs on drinking fountains and restrooms that said White Only/Black Only. I am glad that I have lived to see all of this change.”
Sister Charles Anneentered the convent in September, 1962. She had a cousin who was a Maryknoll priest and her dream was always to become a sister and work with him in Peru.Sister Charles Anne was also inspired by her third grade teacher, Sister Alma Delores, SSJ. “She encouraged me to always pray and listen for the voice of God.”
Sister Charles Anne’s first teaching assignment was at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Galveston, Texas, in 1955. The next year she went to St. Charles Catholic School in Nederland, Texas for a few years. In 1958 she went to St. Augustine School in Houston, Texas, for the next five years. In 1963 she became Principal at Holy Rosary Academy in San Bernardino, California, until 1968. In 1968 she became the Diocesan Supervisor in the Diocese of Beaumont, Texas Catholic Schools Office. After six years in Beaumont she came back to Houston and worked as a member of the General Council of the Dominican Sisters of Houston. In 1982 Sister Charles Anne went to Dominican Elementary in Galveston, teaching elementary religion and doing curriculum development. In 1985 Sister Charles Anne became the Associate Superintendent Catholic Schools Office for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. After serving in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese for seven years she moved to the Diocese of Brownsville serving in the same capacity, Associate Superintendent Catholic Schools Office. “My experience working in the Diocese of Brownsville was one of the most memorable for me. It gave me the opportunity to work with the Hispanic/Mexican people. The Diocese is among the poorest in the United States and it was both a challenge and a privilege to work with the principals, teachers, parents and students. I fell in love with the culture and the people there.”
In 2009 Sister Charles Anne came back to the Catholic Schools Office in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as one of the Associate Superintendents. She retired form the Catholic Schools Office in June 2017 and resides at St. Joseph Convent in Houston. She volunteers at Queen of Peace Catholic School three days of the week working with Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students. Sister Charles Ann also serves on the Board of Directors of St. Catherine's Montessori School.
Sister continues to enjoy working in the rose garden, visiting the museums and keeping up with her nieces and nephews.
From notes submitted by Sister Charles Anne Solomon, O.P. in June 2014. Updated March 20, 2017.