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Sister Kathleen Kelly

Formerly Sister Edward Marie

Sister Kathleen was born on July 21, 1932 and died on August 17, 2021.


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Sister Kathleen, formerly Sister Edward Marie, was a native of Chicago. Her final ministry was in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Kathleen entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1951. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1958.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana State University. Sister Kathleen also received a master’s in ministry from Seattle University.

Sister Kathleen has ministered in Indiana, Illinois and California.

Sister Kathleen Kelly (formerly Sister Edward Marie)

Complete Ministry

In Indiana: Teacher, St. Patrick, Terre Haute (1953-55); Teacher, St. John the Baptist, Fort Wayne (1955-57); Teacher, St. John, Evansville (1958-61); Pastoral Associate, Nativity of Our Savior Parish, Portage (1993-2001); Spiritual Director/Volunteer/Receptionist, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2012-2021); Prayer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2021).

In Illinois: Teacher, St. David, Chicago (1957-58); Teacher, St. Andrew, Chicago (1965-67); Teacher/Assistant Principal, St. Andrew, Chicago (1967-69); Teacher, Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1969-82); Pastoral Associate, Queen of Apostles Parish, Riverdale (1982-92); Minister of Care, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, Palatine (2001-06); Student-Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Living Word Center, Arlington Heights (2006-08); Spiritual Director/Ministry of Care, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, Palatine (2008-09); Spiritual Director/Ministry of Care/Kairos Prison Retreat Ministry, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, Palatine; Dwight Correctional Institute, Dwight (2009-11).

In California: Teacher, St. Ambrose, Hollywood (1961-65).



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