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Sister Carolyn Kessler

Formerly Sister Ann Carolyn

Sister Carolyn was born on June 19, 1932 and died on July 7, 2023.

Sister Carolyn Kessler

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Sister Carolyn is a native of Evansville, Indiana. Currently, she is in between ministries at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Prior to that, she ministered in Outreach in San Antonio, Texas.

Sister Carolyn, formerly Sister Ann Carolyn, entered the Congregation on July 22, 1954. She professed final vows on January 23, 1962.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in French. She also has a master’s degree in linguistics from Georgetown University and a doctorate in linguistics from Georgetown.

She has ministered in Indiana, Italy, Washington, D.C., California, Texas and Taiwan, including serving as a teacher at Evansville Reitz Memorial High School from 1964 to 1967.

Sister Carolyn Kessler (formerly Sister Ann Carolyn)

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In Illinois: Teacher, Marywood, Evanston (1957-64).

In Indiana: Teacher, Reitz Memorial High School, Evansville (1964-67); Assistant Professor of Linguistics, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1971-72); Consultant, Floyd Knobs area (2004-06).

In Italy: Fulbright Lecturer, University of Rome (1967-68).

In Washington, D.C.: University Fellow, Georgetown University (1968-71); Linguistics, Director of ESL Program, Immaculata College (1973-75); Adjunct Lecturer, Trinity College (1973-75).

In California: Research Associate in Linguistics, Stanford University School of Medicine (1972-73); NCEA Project, San Francisco Hearing and Speech Center (1972-73); Lecturer in Linguistics Program, Stanford University (1975).

In Texas: Professor of ESL, Linguistics, Bicultural Bilingual Studies, University of Texas, San Antonio (1975-83); Professor of ESL, Linguistics, Bicultural Bilingual Studies, University of Texas, San Antonio (1983-95); Professor, University of Texas (1996-2000); Professor Emerita, University of Texas (2000-04); ESL Consultant (2003-04); Professor Emerita, University of Texas, San Antonio (2007-2022); Outreach Ministry/Lead Sacristan, Villa de San Antonio, San Antonio (2012-21); Co-Director of Resident Council, Villa de San Antonio, San Antonio (2021-22).

In Florida: ESL Consultant (2003-04).

In Taiwan: Lecturer, English as a Foreign Language, Providence College, Taichung (1983).


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