A native of New Canaan, Connecticut, Sister Anna Wray received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 2002 and subsequently entered the Congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia. After completing her initial religious formation at her community’s motherhouse in Nashville, Sister Anna taught for five years at the high school level in Knoxville and Chattanooga. She also spent a year in Australia, preparing for World Youth Day. She then returned to Catholic University, and in 2019 completed a doctorate in philosophy. Her dissertation was on "Noetic Thinking in Aristotle's De Anima III.6." Sister previously taught as a First Year Experience fellow at the university and as an adjunct professor at Aquinas College.