Houston, Jun 9, 2008 / 05:45 pm (CNA).- Ann Ball, a prolific author who wrote lives of the saints alongside Catholic cookbooks, died of a heart attack shortly before midnight on Sunday, her family announced in an email.
Though a schoolteacher for many years, she later took over the operation of a security company. Following a regular workday, she would dedicate time to writing, penning several books on the saints and Catholic heritage and traditions.
Commenting on her industriousness, the president of Our Sunday Visitor, Greg Erlandson, told CNA that, “I was always surprised how she was able to run a private investigation office and still find time to write so many books that spiritually edified so many people.”
In a short autobiography at Catholic Authors, the grandmother of eight wrote that curiosity about the saints led her into the Church and her career as a Catholic writer. She was especially interested in the life of Blessed Miguel Pro, the Jesuit priest and Mexican martyr.
“I find it horrifying that so few Americans realize the persecutions of the church that were right next door less than a lifetime ago. I find it equally sad that so few of our American Hispanic Catholics don’t know about their own heroes,” she wrote.
She reported that her son, Sam, tells people “My mom is the only person I know who can write a cookbook one year and follow it up the next year with The Catholic Book of the Dead!”
Ann Ball once wrote me about how she liked that I had chose Blessed Miquel Pro as my blog patron. Her book on him is quite excellent. May she rest in peace.
A woman after my own heart (podcast). . . I’ll have to have a feature on her. Thanks, Jeff. Requiescat in pace, Ann.
R.I.P. Nice Lady, she is.
A huge loss for the Church Militant.
A blessed gain for the Church Triumphant.
Rest In Peace Dear Ann.
You will be missed.
Fr Bill Kuchinsky
I have quite of a few of her Saints books….what a loss for Catholic writing!
Rest in peace, Ann-now you are meeting the subjects of your books IN PERSON!
I was on retreat and someone sent me a note saying they had read of her death. A great friend, a terriffic writer and someone with more interests and energy than any three people.
She is truly a tremendous loss
Almost a year has gone by since Ann Ball has died. She is missed by me very much. Ann was helping me write my book when she died and was a great friend who was there for me at times of need.