sister kathleen ann o'malley

60th Jubilee

Sister Kathleen O’Malley was born in Chicago, Illinois.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1956 and was received into the novitiate as Sister Mary Eileen in 1957.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fontbonne University in St. Louis in 1967, a master’s degree in religious education from the University of Detroit in 1973 and a certificate in gerontology from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC in 1982. 

Sister Kathleen began her years of ministry in education. In the 1960s, she taught at a number of grade schools:  St. Cecilia’s in St. Louis; St. Vincent DePaul in St. Louis; St. Bede the Venerable in Chicago; and Nativity of Our Lord in St. Louis. 

From 1968 to 1970, she was the pastoral minister at St. Mary’s Cathedral parish in Peoria, Illinois. 

Sister Kathleen returned to teaching at St. Bede the Venerable in Chicago, then served as the religious education coordinator in two parishes in northern Michigan, one in Hancock the other in Houghton.

She spent nearly ten years in Kansas City, Missouri, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, first doing pastoral work in the parish then as the manager of Cathedral Square Towers, an affordable housing complex for senior adults.

After studying gerontology at The Catholic University of America, she spent one year working with the director of the Gerontology Center there.  From 1983 to 1988, Sister Kathleen was the manager at St. Joseph Manor in Dyersburg, Tennessee, another facility for senior adults. 

Returning to St. Louis, Sister Kathleen continued ministry with senior adults.  From 1989 to 1995 she developed and managed an adult day program for Cardinal Ritter Senior Services.  She spent eight years at Nazareth Living Center in administration.  From 2003 to 2015 she was the receptionist at Our Lady of Life Apartments, an agency of Cardinal Ritter Senior Services. 

Sister Kathleen retired in 2015 and continues to serve the dear neighbor through volunteer work.  

After a lifetime of waiting she was finally rewarded in October 2016 when her beloved Chicago Cubs won the World Series. 


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