Sister Kathleen Kevin Ryan 1928-2016


July 10, 1928 - December 20, 2016

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Kathleen Kevin Ryan who passed away on Dec. 20 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 88 years of age.

Sister Kathleen Kevin was born on July 10, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois, to parents Michael Joseph and Mary Elizabeth (Walsh) Ryan. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on February 11, 1947, and made her final profession on August 15, 1952.

She received her bachelor’s degree in history from Fontbonne College in 1958.

Sister Kathleen Kevin served 46 years in education.  She began teaching in 1949 and served in St. Louis for her first 13 years.  She taught elementary school at Most Holy Rosary (1949-1951); St. Margaret of Scotland (1951-1952); St. Philip Neri (1952-1954) and St. Rita (1954-1962).

The following 15 years, Sister Kathleen Kevin taught  in Augusta, Georgia, at St. Mary on the Hill (1962-1967); in Hancock, Michigan, at St. Joseph/St. Patrick (1967-1970); in Chicago at St. Viator (1970-1971) in Honolulu, Hawaii, at St. Theresa (1971-1974); in Marquette, Michigan, at St. Peter (1974-1976) and at Bishop Baraga Central (1976-1977).

In 1977, Sister Kathleen Kevin began 26 years of service in the Archdiocese of Chicago. She taught at St. Bede the Venerable (1977-1978); St. Viator (1978-1979); Nativity of Our Lord (1979 – 1985); and Bridgeport Catholic Academy (1985-1994).  In 1991, she served four years at Nativity of Our Lord as the religious education coordinator and the next 10 years in parish ministry.

Sister Kathleen Kevin returned to St. Louis in 2003 and served her CSJ community as a hospitality associate at the St. Joseph Provincial House for six years.  Since 2009, Sister Kathleen Kevin lived at Nazareth Living Center in prayer and presence.

The Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Dec.23 at 10 a.m. at Nazareth Living Center, with viewing at 9 a.m. 

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

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