Meet Our Sisters - S. Kathryn Ann Connelly
By S. Mary Bodde
Education has been the sum total of S. Kathryn Ann Connelly’s ministry as a Sister of Charity. She was a teacher in elementary and high schools; then superintendent of education for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, with 124 schools and 57,000 students by the time of her retirement in 2002. From 1997 until 2000 she also served as president of Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE) and as such attended annually both the National Catholic Education Association and CACE conferences.
What do you enjoy most about being a Sister of Charity?
“Just being a member of a Congregation of wonderful women who are interested in the welfare of everyone – and doing just about everything for all kinds of people,” S. Kathryn Ann said.
What is the best thing about Community life?
“The best thing about community life is being with one another in the freedom of ‘homeness,’” she said. “We can pray and work together and feel a sense of camaraderie. Many of us grew up in the same area, and often lived together on mission. I guess it’s also the hospitality that we have tried to promote.”
What do you do for fun?
S. Kathryn Ann enjoys working in her flower and vegetable gardens. She also likes to travel. “I was able to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, in addition to traveling to many other parts of the country,” she added.
What is your favorite way to connect with God?
Sister’s favorite way to connect with God is in her daily prayer life, in retreats, and in periodic trips “where we see God operating in nature,” she said. “In my volunteering in Price Hill, I see the direct intervention of the Lord – obstacles that seem impossible to surmount then become possible.”
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
“I guess what people would be surprised to learn about me is my gardening, since I have been almost always involved in or connected with institutions,” S. Kathryn Ann surmises. “Right now I’m trying to raise a rosebush from a ‘cutting’ that I started last spring. I think there is still some life in it.” Sister’s father was a rose gardener, so she may have inherited the talent.