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Sister Katherine Manley

Formerly Sister Catherine Therese


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Sister Katherine Manley, better known as Kay, was born June 19, 1940. Currently, she serves in congregation department ministries at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Kay, formerly Sister Catherine Therese, entered the Congregation on January 6, 1958. She had attended Scecina Memorial High School as a freshman before entering the Providence Aspirancy. She professed first vows in 1960 and final vows in 1965.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s degree in special education from Indiana University. She also has a master’s degree in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Her teaching ministry began in 1961 at St. Margaret Mary in Terre Haute. Sister Kay taught elementary school for many years and was also Director and teacher of Pre-School/School Programs at Providence Speech and Hearing Center in Orange, California. She was also the principal at St. Anthony of Padua School in Gardena, California, for 10 years. Following 21 years in California,  she ministered as Administrator of Retired Sisters in Owens Hall at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, before teaching theology at Guerin Prep High School.

Sister Kay is a beloved fan of the Indianapolis Colts and her grand-nephew plays tight end for the squad.

She is also happy to be home.

“At this time in my life, being back home again in Indiana is a gift to me,” she said.

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