sister catherine durr

60th Jubilee

Sister Catherine Durr was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1956 and was received into the novitiate as Sister Anita Louise in 1957. She earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Creighton University in Omaha in 1953 and a master’s degree in hospital administration from St. Louis University in 1964.

Sister Catherine’s began as a medical technologist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. After a year of study at St. Louis University, she was a resident in health care administration at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio.

Sister Catherine dedicated 25 years of service, from 1964 to 1989, to St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Missouri, first as hospital administrator until 1978, then serving as hospital president for 11 years.

After a brief retirement in the early 1990s, she became the assistant to the director of development for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis province. From 1993 to 1997 Sister Catherine served as the assistant to the president of Carondelet Health System.

She twice served as the interim president for St. Joseph Institute for the Deaf, first in 1992 and again in 2003.

In addition, from 1997 to 2003, Sister Catherine was the coordinator of ongoing education for sponsorship with the Sisters of St Joseph.  And from 2003 to 2015, she served in volunteer ministry and on various boards.

Since 2015, Sister Catherine has resided at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis where she continues to carry out her ministry of prayer and presence.

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