Mary Ann Long was a child with face cancer who had been a beloved patient with the Hawthorne Dominican Sisters at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Free Cancer Home in Atlanta, Georgia. The story of her life is a fioretti of charity and consolation. Flannery O'Connor and Ann Ball wrote about her. (Ann Ball's story here.)
Several years ago one of the Hawthorne Dominican Sisters gave me this photo of Mary Ann. I believe the nun in the photo was M. Bernadette. Mary Ann died at age thirteen, after becoming a Dominican tertiary. Today marks the anniversary of her death on January 18, 1959.
Little Mary Ann, pray for us.