sister john kenneth scott

60th Jubilee

Sister John Kenneth Scott, baptized Kathleen Linnea, was born in Rapid River, Michigan. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1956 and was received into the novitiate in 1957. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing education from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1952 and a master’s degree in nursing education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. in 1965.

Sister John Kenneth dedicated more than 30 years of service to health care ministries.

She began in 1959 as a nursing supervisor at St. Joseph Hospital in Kirkwood, Missouri. She served as a nursing educator at St. Joseph Community Hospital in Hancock, Michigan. After her studies at Catholic University, she returned to St. Joseph and, over the course of nine years, served as the nursing school’s associate director, director and assistant administrator.

From 1974 to 1976, Sister John Kenneth served at Cardinal Ritter Institute in St. Louis as the director of home care, followed by two years in Kansas City as an assistant administrator at St. Joseph Hospital. She returned to Cardinal Ritter as a consultant in 1979. Remaining in St. Louis, she served at St. Alexius Hospital and Mary Queen and Mother Center as a staff nurse and administrative consultant. From 1982 to 1989, she worked in administration at Nazareth Living Center.

After a year as institutional administrator at Carondelet Center in Los Angeles, Sister John Kenneth returned to St. Louis. She was the director of personnel at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services and a staff nurse at St. Alexius Hospital.

In the 1990s, she served her Sisters of St. Joseph community as a bookkeeper at the St. Joseph Provincial House. From 2000 to 2006, she was a driver for the CSJ Senior Ministry Office.

Since 2007, Sister John Kenneth has resided at Nazareth Living Center where she continues to carry out her ministry of prayer and presence. 

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