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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 was a native of Evansville, Indiana. Her final ministry was in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

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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